Daniel Bradlow

Professor of Law

Office: Room 350A
Phone: 202-274-4205
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Daniel D. Bradlow is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C and the SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is the Chair of the Roster of Experts for the Independent Review Mechanism at the African Development Bank, and a member of the Boards of Directors of ILEAP (International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty) and New Rules for Global Finance. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

His current scholarship focuses on global economic governance, the international financial institutions, creative financing for development, and the international legal issues that arise at the interface of large projects and sustainable and equitable development. He has worked as a Senior Special Fellow in the Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management Programme of the United National Institute on Training and Research (UNITAR), and has been a Consultant to the World Dams Commission, MEFMI (The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute for Eastern and Southern Africa), Pole-Dette, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the MacArthur Foundation. He served as a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Accountability of International Organizations and is currently the Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association study group on the same topic. He has lectured in the United States and many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America on both the public and private aspects of international economic and financial law and on the negotiating and structuring of international economic transactions.

Prior to joining WCL, Professor Bradlow was a Research Associate at the International Law Institute and a consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, as well as an attorney in private practice.

His publications include books and articles on international financial law, the international financial institutions, foreign investment, inspection mechanisms in international financial institutions, regulatory frameworks for water, dams and dam safety, globalization and its implications for global economic governance and the changing responsibilities of the World Bank and the IMF in the management of the global economy. Professor Bradlow holds degrees from the Universities of Pretoria and the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Northeastern University and Georgetown University in the USA and is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars. Prior to joining WCL, Professor Bradlow was a Research Associate at the International Law Institute and a consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, as well as an attorney in private practice. His publications include books and articles on international financial law, the international financial institutions, foreign investment, the World Bank Inspection Panel, regulatory frameworks for dams and dam safety, globalization and its implications for global economic governance and the changing responsibilities of the World Bank and the IMF in the management of the global economy. Professor Bradlow holds degrees from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Northeastern University and Georgetown University in the USA and is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars.



Currently Teaching

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Areas of Specialization

  • International Law
  • Law and Development

Degrees & Universities

  • LL.D., University of Pretoria 2010
  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center 1985
  • J.D., Northeastern University Law School 1982
  • B.A., University of Witwatersrand, South Africa 1977

  • Selected Publications

    • Daniel Bradlow, International Financial Institutions And International Law (Daniel Bradlow & David Hunter, eds., Kluwer Press 2010).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Assessing International Financial Reform, in International Law, Economic Globalization And Developing Countries (J. Faundez & C. Tan, eds., Edward Elgar Press 2010).
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  • + Selected Presentations

    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Structured Finance For All: The Case of the Reconciliation and Development Bonds (Workshop on “Making Finance Work for Africa”, Sponsored by the World Bank and Bank of Zambia, Livingstone, Zambia, May 2007).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Are We Adequately Preparing Lawyers For Practice in Tomorrow’s International Environment? (Presentation to International Law Firms, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2007).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Report of High Level Panel on IMF Board Accountability (IMF Board of Executive Directors, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2007).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, The Changing Role of the IMF in the Governance of the Global Economy (SPURS Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bos., Mass., Dec. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Reconciliation and Development Bonds: Can Private Finance Help Heal the Wounds of the Past (Conference on Engaging the African Diaspora to Finance Africa’s Development, Institute for African Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., Nov. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Overview of Evolution of International Law (National Youth Leadership Forum on Law, Va., Nov. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Developing the Researcher-Policymaker Link (Mainstreaming Development in Trade—A Long Term Approach to Developing Sustained Capacity, Conference Sponsored by International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (iLEAP), Arusha, Tanz., Sept. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, IMF Accountability to Extend Action (High Level Panel on IMF Board Accountability, Wash., D.C., Sept. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, The Governance of the IMF: The Need for Comprehensive Reform (G24 Technical Committee, Sing., Sept. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, The Changing Role of the IMF in the Governance of the Global Economy (The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg, S. Afr., July 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, IMF Reform (New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, Wash., D.C., June 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, The Changing Role of the IMF in the Global Economy and its Consequences (Annual Update on Banking Law Conference, Johannesburg, S. Afr., May 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Private Finance, Social Responsibility and Transitional Justice: The Case for Reconciliation and Development Bonds (University of Johannesburg, S. Afr., May 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Private Finance, Social Responsibility and Transitional Justice: The Case for Reconciliation and Development Bonds (Law Firm of Edward Nathan, Johannesburg, S. Afr., May 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Panelist, Enforcement of IFI Responsibilities in International and Domestic Forums (Conference on International Financial Institutions and International Law, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Presentation, Teaching International Financial Law (Workshop on Law, Development and Transition, Asian Law Center, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., Mar. 2006).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Transitional Justice, Development Finance and Poverty Alleviation (Presentation to Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, S. Afr., Nov. 2005).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Transitional Justice, Development Finance and Poverty Alleviation (Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2005).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, A Proposal for a Retail Reconciliation and Development Bond (Presentation at the Graduate Business School, U. of Cape Town, Cape Town, S. Afr., May 2005).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, A Proposal for a Retail Reconciliation and Development Bond (School of Public Management and Development, University of Witwatersand, S. Afr., May 2005).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Lecture, The Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management (UNITAR Workshop for Officials from the Nigerian Debt Management Office, Geneva, Switz., Dec. 2004).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Reconciliation and Development Bonds: Can Private Finance Help Heal the Wounds of the Past (Presentation at the Graduate Business School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, S. Afr., Nov. 2004).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Reconciliation and Development Bonds: Can Private Finance Help Heal the Wounds of the Past (American University Washington College of Law, WCL Faculty Lunch Presentation, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2004).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Panelist, How to Ensure Coordination and Coherence in International Law Making? From Fragmentation to COherence at Conference on Human Rights and International Economic Law (Sponsored by the ASIL, Georgetown University Law Center, Max Planck Institute for International Law and World Trade Institute, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2004).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Competing Models of Development Decision Making and Their Implications for Human Rights (AU/WCL-Yonsei Faculty Colloquium on Human Rights Law: Current Challenges, Yonsei University, Seoul, S. Kor., Mar. 2004).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, The Need for Operational Policies and Procedures and an Ombudsman for the IMS (IMF Executive Directors and Senior Staff, organized by Center for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Wash., D.C., Feb. 2004).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Lecture, Legal Aspects of Debt Management and Loan Agreements (Joint IMF/UNITAR Workshop for Government Officials and Central Bankers from Central Asian Republics and Azerbaigan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Dec. 9-12, 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Conference, The Governance of International Financial Institutions: The Need for Reform (2003 Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law, Hague, Neth., July 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Panelist, Aligning Commitments: Public Participation, International Decision-Making and the Environment (World Resources Institute, Wash., D.C., June 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Lecture, Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management (Joint UNITAR and Pole-Dette Workshop for Government Officials from Francophone African Countries, Apr. 28, 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Conference, Public Accessibilty to International Financial Institutions: A Review of Existing Inspection Mechanisms and Interim Experiences (World Bank Inspection Panel, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Lecture, Legal Aspects of Public Debt Management and Negotiations (Joint MEFMI/UNITAR workshop, Luanda, Angl., Mar. 24-28, 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, The International Context-Lessons Learned from the World Commission on Dams (Enviornmental Justice Colloquim, World Bank's Environmentally and Socially Sustaineable Network and Legal Department, Mar. 13, 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, The International Financial Institutions (Indigenous Rights Training Institute, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Panelist, Globetrotters: International Implications for Today's JD and LM Students: Academic Issues (AALS Section on Student Services, Wash., D.C., Jan. 2003).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, The Role of Lawyers in the Legal and Economic Reform Process (Law and Development Luncheon Series, World Bank Legal Development, Dec. 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Differing Conceptions of Development and Its Implications For the Content of International Development Law (ASIL IELG Conference on Interrelationships: International Economic Law and Development Countries, Wash., D.C., Oct. 4-6, 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Professional Standards of Responsibility for IFI Officials (Institutional Reform in Global Financial Governance, Wash., D.C., Oct. 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Competing Visions of Development and Areas of Focus for a Rights Based Development (Conference on Promoting Respecting and Fulfilling Human Riights: The Challenge Before Inter-Governmental Ogranizations, Wash., D.C., Sept. 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Developing An Inspection Function for the African Development Bank (Legal Department of African Development Bank, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, July 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Negotiating and Drafting Loan Agreements (Joint UNITAR/Pole-Dette Workshop for Central and West African States, Daker, Senegal, July 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Regulatory Frameworks for Dam Safety: A Comparative Study (World Bank Water Week, Wash., D.C., May 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Development Decision-Making: Lessons from the World Commission on Dams (Presentation to WCL-Monash Faculty Colloquium, Monash University, Melbourne, Austrl., May 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Should The International Financial Institutions Play a Role in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law? (University of Kansas Symposium on Globalization and Sovereignty, Lawrence, Kan., Feb. 2002).
    • Daniel Bradlow, Speech, Comparative Study of Dam Safety Legislation (Workshop for World Bank Staff on Dam Safety, Wash., D.C., Jan. 2002).
  • + Selected Teaching Materials

    • Daniel Bradlow, Negotiating Financial Transactions, On-Line Training Course (UNITAR Nov. 2003).