Curtis A. Bradley

William Van Alstyne Professor of Law
Professor of Public Policy Studies


Curtis Bradley is the William Van Alstyne Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University.  His scholarly expertise spans the areas of international law in the U.S. legal system, the constitutional law of foreign affairs, and federal jurisdiction, and his courses include International law, Foreign Relations Law, and Federal Courts.  He was the founding co-director of Duke Law School’s Center for International and Comparative Law and serves on the executive board of Duke's Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security.  Recently, he was appointed to serve as a Reporter on the American Law Institute's new Restatement project on The Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

Bradley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988. He then clerked for Judge David Ebel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Bradley practiced law for several years at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He began teaching in 1995 at the University of Colorado School of Law, and he received tenure there in 1999. In 2000, he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law as a full professor. In 2004, he served as counselor on international law in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. State Department. He is currently a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law. Bradley joined the Duke Law faculty in 2005.

Bradley is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and a member of the International Law Association's Study Group on the Principles on the Application of International Law by Domestic Courts.

Bradley has written numerous articles concerning international law, U.S. foreign relations law, and constitutional law, including articles published in the Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Duke, Texas, and Georgetown law journals. He is also the co-editor of Presidential Power Stories (Foundation Press 2008) (with Christopher H. Schroeder), and the co-author of two casebooks: Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (Aspen Press 5th ed. 2014) (with Jack Goldsmith), and Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations (Foundation Press 8th ed. 2014) (with Peter Low and John Jeffries). His most recent book, International Law in the U.S. Legal System, was published by Oxford University Press in early 2013. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled History’s Constitution:  How Governmental Practices Define the Separation of Powers. His scholarship has been cited in over fifty judicial decisions.