Anna Spain Bradley appointed to ICSID Panel of Conciliators at the World Bank

June 11, 2024
Anna Spain Bradley. Photo credit: Alicia Caldera
Photo credit: Alicia Caldera

UCLA Professor of Law Anna Spain Bradley was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden as one of four U.S. delegate members to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Panel of Conciliators at the World Bank.

Established in 1966 and based in Washington, D.C., ICSID is the world’s leading institution devoted to the settlement, through arbitration and conciliation, of international investment disputes. The ICSID Convention designates that arbitrators and conciliators must be of high moral character and have recognized competence in law.

“Conciliation, as one of the essential methods for resolving international disputes, has an illuminating history and a promising future,” Spain Bradley says. “I am deeply honored by this appointment.” She will serve for a renewable term of six years.

Professor Spain Bradley is an authority in international law, international dispute resolution and international human rights. She joined UCLA Law in 2020 and previously served as UCLA’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. An award-winning legal scholar, she has written the books Human Choice in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and Global Racism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2025), and she co-edited with Mary Ellen O’Connell and Amy J. Cohen International Dispute Resolution (Third Edition, Carolina Academic Press, 2021).

Her long and distinguished record of service on a global scale includes work as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations, an attorney-advisor for the United States before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and legal counsel for nations before the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 2020, she was appointed by the United Nations as legal expert on the prevention of racism and xenophobia. She is a founding member and former board member of Mediators Beyond Borders International, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former vice president and executive council member of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the academic council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Professor Spain Bradley joined UCLA Law from the University of Colorado Boulder School of Law. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Denison University.

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