Anna Spain Bradley

UN Legal Expert, Professor and former Vice Chancellor at UCLA


Anna Spain Bradley is an author, legal scholar and C-Suite leader in higher education and a globally recognized expert on human rights and civil rights. Her work helps people and  organizations translate values into reality through education, dignity-driven structural reform and  a tenacious commitment to never giving up. With her wide-ranging experience across public and private sectors Spain Bradley is uniquely suited to engage with diverse organizations and communities. She provides dynamic, research-based keynotes that inspire. 

A Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, Spain Bradley also serves as UCLA’s inaugural Special Advisor on Strategic Planning and Values, leading a wide-ranging effort to thread inclusive excellence into the university’s academic mission and to promote core values throughout the institution. Previously, Spain Bradley served as UCLA’s second Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for a university community of over 100,000 students and employees, where she also oversaw UCLA’s compliance with civil rights law and policy. 

Spain Bradley is the author of Human Choice in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021), International Dispute Resolution (Carolina Academic Press, 2021, co-editor), as well as numerous research publications. Her third book, Global Racism (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), articulates solutions to racism as a violation of human rights requiring global solutions. She has served as a legal expert to the United Nations on these matters. 

Prior to her academic career, Spain Bradley was a U.S. delegate to the United Nations and an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State where she earned two Meritorious Honor Awards for her service. She is an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Vice President of the American Society of International Law, a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Academic Council, and a member of the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Law and Economics. In the nonprofit space, Spain Bradley was a founding member and former Board member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Denison University. 

With a demonstrated record of advancing inclusive leadership, effective C-Suite decision making, and diversity, equity and inclusion impact, Spain Bradley is a dynamic keynote speaker who aims for the heads and the hearts of her audiences.

TOPICS: Leadership, Organizational Values, DEI