Anna Spain Bradley is a scholar, professor, lawyer and mediator specializing in international law and the promotion of peace.  

As a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, Anna researches and writes about issues of global cooperation and conflict. Her current research evaluates how insights from neuroscience inform understandings about law and decision making. In previous publications, she has argued for United Nation's Security Council reform through self-adopted procedural rules and for recognizing the contributions that African women have made to the normative practice of peacebuilding. Her work on international dispute resolution seeks to illuminate its function in promoting peace by, for example, showing why the use of mediation alongside legal methods can improve long-lasting resolution of disputes. Spain's scholarship has been published in edited manuscripts and law journals 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. She also designs and teaches courses on international law, international dispute resolution, international human rights and humanitarian law, mediation, national security, and legal ethics. She frequently employs an experiential approach in her pedagogy.

As a lawyer, Anna has expertise in public international law and international arbitration. She recently served as counsel for two African nations in proceedings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She previously served as 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.

As a mediator, Anna has worked with individuals, families, communities and organizations for over 20 years to help them identify and address issues that create conflict and give rise to disputes. Being both a scholar and practitioner of mediation, she is adept in designing and applying appropriate processes that meet her clients' needs. She specializes in matters involving aspects of identity including age, culture, gender, race and sexual orientation and the related concerns surrounding bias, inclusiveness and discrimination that can arise. She is a founding member and former Board member of Mediators Beyond Borders International.

Anna designs and provides innovative training for professionals and organizations in her areas of expertise. She frequently delivers keynote lectures and seminars for a variety of audiences.

Anna 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 magna cum laude at Denison University in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Economics. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond Finch in the U.S. District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Spain 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. Born in England, she lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, author and professor, Dr. Adam Bradley, and their two daughters.

Last updated: June 2017