It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure today to welcome Anna Spain (right), who guest-posts below on lessons learned from the COP 15 conference. (photo credit)
As we've posted, Anna attended the just-concluded, 2-week U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (prior posts here, here, here, here, and here), as a delegate for Mediators Beyond Borders, a nongovernmental organization.
She joined the law faculty of the University of Colorado as an Associate Professor of Law this year, having been a Lecturer on Law at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs before that. She focuses her teaching and scholarship on international law, dispute resolution, international cooperation, conflict and state behavior, and human rights.
Before entering academia, Anna was an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, representing the U.S. before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, serving as a delegate to the U.N. Compensation Commission in Geneva, and advising the on international investment disputes in Asia and the Pacific. She also gained policy experience at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Anna served as law clerk to Judge Raymond Finch, U.S. District Court, U.S. Virgin Islands, after earning J.D. from Harvard, where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude in environmental studies and economics from Denison University. Her professional affiliations in addition to Mediation Beyond Borders includes membership in the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association and term membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.