Curtis Bradley is a leading expert on United States foreign relations law, namely, the constitutional, statutory, and common law that governs how the US interacts with the rest of the world. His research interests include the scope of presidential power to wage war, the status of international law within the US legal system, and the rise of “executive agreements” in lieu of treaties. His work has also focused extensively on how US laws and practices relating to foreign relations compare with those of other constitutional democracies around the world.
He is the author of International Law in the US Legal System, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2020) and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law (Oxford University Press, 2019), which received the inaugural Robert E. Dalton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Foreign Relations Law.
Bradley holds a JD from Harvard Law School, and clerked for Justice Byron White of the US Supreme Court and Judge David Ebel of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has also served as a counselor on international law in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the US Department of State and as a reporter for Restatement of the Law Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Most recently, he was the William Van Alstyne Professor at Duke University School of Law.