Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
Mediators Beyond Borders, Board of Directors
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Denison University magna cum laude (Environmental Studies and Economics)
Anna Spain is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School where she teaches international law, international dispute resolution, human rights and mediation. Professor Spain’s research focuses on global cooperation and conflict, international law and dispute resolution. Her work has been published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law and the American Society of International Law Insights. She has also taught courses at UCLA Law School and UCLA School of Public Affairs.
Professor Spain’s perspectives on the role of law and dispute resolution in addressing international challenges are informed by her diverse professional experiences. She practiced international law 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 investment and property disputes in Asia and the Pacific. Professor Spain also has policy experience working on climate change and trade at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. Professor Spain has been a certified mediator for over 15 years specializing in cross-cultural conflict in public disputes and the workplace.
Professor Spain is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond L. Finch of the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Society of International Law, Council on Foreign Relations (Term Member), Mediators Beyond Borders and Pennsylvania Bar Association.
The Rise of Civil Society(03/26/12)
With the Kyoto Protocol expiring at the end of this year, international lawmakers have been gathering to find a productive process for resolving environmental conflict. Their conversations are an example of where international conflict resolution is headed and who the key players will be.
Beyond Adjudication: Resolving International Resource Disputes in an Era of Climate Change(09/26/11)
Climate change is one of the greatest emerging threats to global peace and security. Among other impacts, climate change will exacerbate the scarcity of water, food, and other natural resources essential to human survival. One concern is that as these resources become scarcer, the frequency and severity of international disputes will increase. Thus, developing effective means for resolving international resource disputes is of critical global importance.
The World is Looking to Obama — and America(07/16/08)
Despite all the media coverage of the national election campaign, most Americans probably don't realize how captivated foreigners are by Barack Obama, let alone understand why.