Anna Spain Bradley is a professor of international law at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity and Director of the Program for the Advanced Studies in International Human Rights. She speaks and consults on conflict resolution, decision making, diversity & inclusion, neuroscience, and organizational well-being.
As a scholar and educator, Spain Bradley believes in the transformative power of learning and she is a recipient of a 2018 OZY Educator Award. Her areas of expertise include international law, international dispute resolution, human rights, peace and security, decision making and neuroscience. Spain Bradley has published numerous law review articles, book chapters, essays and other works and her article The U.N. Security Council’s Duty to Decide was awarded the 2014 Francis Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law. Spain Bradley’s forthcoming book, The Impact of One: How Individual Choice Shapes International Law (Cambridge University Press), charts groundbreaking decision moments in international law—from the bombing of Hiroshima, to the Rwandan genocide, to the intervention into Libya—and reveals, through insights from neuroscience, how individuals’ emotions, biases, and beliefs, shape global outcomes in powerful yet under-examined ways.
As an attorney, Spain Bradley serves as legal counsel for various countries in international arbitral proceedings. From 2005-2007 she was an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser where she represented the U.S. before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, served as a delegate to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and advised the Department on international trade and investment matters in Asia and the Pacific. She twice earned the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for her contributions.
As a mediator, Spain Bradley has over 20 years of experience helping communities, organizations and families resolve conflicts and disputes. Being both a scholar and practitioner of mediation, she is adept at designing and applying appropriate processes that meet her clients’ needs. She specializes in matters of identity (including age, culture, gender, race and sexual orientation) and the related concerns surrounding bias and discrimination that can arise. She is a founding member, consultant and former board member of Mediators Beyond Borders International.
Spain Bradley earned her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School where she served as an executive editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and was a recipient of the Heyman Fellowship, the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship and the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Economics magna cum laude at Denison University. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond Finch in the U.S. District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Spain Bradley is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law (elected to the Executive Council) and the Council on Foreign Relations (former Term Member). She has worked in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and North America. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Last updated: October 2018