Anna Spain is the former Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. She is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado-Boulder Law School where she teaches international law, international dispute resolution, human rights and mediation. Her scholarship focuses on the role of international law and international dispute resolution in addressing global conflict and cooperation. Her forthcoming publication, Using International Dispute Resolution to Address the Compliance Question in International Law (Geo. J. Int’l L.), examines how international dispute resolution can encourage state compliance with international law.
Professor Spain practiced international law as an Attorney-Advisor 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 investment disputes in Asia and the Pacific. Professor Spain has policy experience at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond Finch, U.S. District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Croix.
Professor Spain is a graduate of Harvard Law School where she served as an executive editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude at Denison University in environmental studies and economics. Professor Spain is a member of the American Bar Association, American Society of International Law, Council on Foreign Relations (Term Member) and Mediators Beyond Borders.