Professor Daniel Bradlow

Professor Daniel Bradlow

BA(Wits) JD(Northeastern) MLIC(Georgetown) LLD(UP)

Professor/Senior Research Fellow
Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship

+ 27 (12) 420 6202
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Global economic governance, International financial institutions, extractive industries and human rights, financial institutions and human rights, international development law, international economy and human rights, international trade and human rights, foreign investment law and human rights.


Other Positions

  • Head, International Economic Relations and Policy Department, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) (February 2013—November 2014)
  • SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2009—January 2013) (Extraordinary Professor January 2013—January 2015)
  • Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (August 1995-January 2015)
  • Director, International Legal Studies Program, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (July 1996-December 2009);
  • Coordinator, S.J.D. Program (August 2000- December 2006) ,
  • Coordinator Hubert H. Humphrey Program and International Visiting Scholars Program at WCL, (August 2002-December 2009)
  • Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Member, Roster of Experts, Independent Review Mechanism, African Development Bank
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal

Current Projects

  • Legal Issues in Global Financial Governance
  • Legal Issues Arising from the Social and Environmental Impacts of ExtractiveIndustry and Large Scale Infrastructure Projects



Online courses

Public Lecture


  • International Financial Law
  • Legal Aspects of International Economic Governance

Media articles 

Media interviews

Academic Publications 

Publications available on SSRN

  • The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (co-authors: Mary Ellen O’Connell; Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Diane Disierto) (8th Ed, 2022, Foundation Press) 
  • COVID-19 and Sovereign Debt: The case of SADC (co-author: Magalie L. Masamba) (1st Ed, 2022, Pretoria University Law Press)
2020 2019
  • Advocating Social Change through International Law: Exploring the Choice between Hard and Soft International Law,  Daniel D. Bradlow and David B. Hunter (eds, Brill 2019)
2017 2016 2015
  • “The International Legal System: Cases and Materials”, (co-authors: Mary Ellen O’Connell, Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Richard Scott)(7th Ed. 2015)
  • “Negotiating International Business Transaction:  A Practical Skills Approach through an Extended Simulation Module Utilizing Collaborative Teaching Methodology” (co-authored with Jay Finkelstein) (Aspen Publishers) (2013)
  • “A Framework for Assessing Global Economic Governance” 36 B.C. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 971 (2013) and Boston College Law Review, Vol. 54, 2013 (joint issue)
  • “The Operational Policies and Procedures of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation: Creating Law-Making and Law Governed Institutions” 10 International Organization Law Review 3 (2013) (Co-authored with Andria Naude-Fourie)
  • “The G20 and Africa: A Critical Assessment”, South African Institute for International Affairs Occasional Papers Series #145 (Economic Diplomacy Programme) (2013)
  • “International Financial Institutions and Global Legal Governance” edited by H. Cisse, D. Bradlow and B. Kingsbury (The World Bank 2012)
  • “The Reform of the Governance of the IFIs: A Critical Assessment” “International Financial Institutions and Global Legal Governance” edited by H. Cisse, D. Bradlow and B. Kingsbury (The World Bank 2012)
  • “How Well Does the G20 Reflect African Interests and Priorities?: Some Thoughts Following the Los Cabos, Mexico Summit”, paper prepared for the South African Foreign Policy Initiative, Open Society Foundation (August 2012)
  • “Roundup: Does Kim Signal World Bank Change?” (with 3 co-authors) Council of Foreign Relations at, 18 April 2012
  • “Rethinking Global Financial Governance”, The World Financial Review, January-February, 2012
  • “Independent Accountability Mechanisms at International and Regional Development Banks” (Co-authored with Andria Naude Fourie in Handbook of Innovations in Transnational Governance, D.Held and T. Hale (eds) (2011)
  • “Public Participation and the Private Sector: The Role of the Multilateral Development Banks and the Evolving Legal Standards”  4 Erasmus Law Review”2 (2011) (Co-authored with Megan Chapman) available at:
  • “Reforming Global Economic Governance:  A Strategy for Middle Powers in the G20” in Going Global, AIIA and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (May 2011)
  • “Europeans Must Pay to Head IMF”,  Foreign Policy in Focus, June 9, 2011 available at
  • “Reforming Global Economic Governance:  A Strategy for Middle Powers in the G20” Paper prepared for the workshop on “Going Global: Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea and South Africa in International Affairs”, Jakarta, Indonesia, May 25-26, 2010  (forthcoming publication)
  • “Independent Accountability Mechanisms at International and Regional Development Banks” (Co-authored with Andria Naude Fourie in Handbook of Innovations in Transnational Governance, D.Held and T. Hale (eds) (forthcoming)
  • D. Bradlow and D. Hunter (eds) International Financial Institutions and International Law, (Kluwer Press, forthcoming). (The co-editors co-wrote the introduction and conclusion for this book.)
  • “The Operations of International Financial Institutions and International Law” in “International Financial Institutions and International Law, D. Bradlow and D. Hunter (eds) (Kluwer Press, forthcoming). 
  • “Social Bonds: Way for Financial Institutions to Embrace Social Challenge” Business Day, 10 March 2010
  •  “Developing Countries Debt Crises, International Financial Institutions, and International Law: Some Preliminary Thoughts” 2008 German Yearbook of International Law (only published in 2009)
  • “Reforming the Global Financial Architecture:  Is Real Change Coming?” Global Dialogue, May 2009 (published by Institute for Global Dialogue)
  • “Assessing International Financial Reform" to be published in INTERNATIONAL LAW, ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, J. Faundez, C. Tan, eds., Edward Elgar Press, 2010. (available at:
  • “The G20 and Sustainable IMF Reform” on VOXEU on March 18, 2009, (available at:
  •  “Fixing the IMF”, in Foreign Policy in Focus on March 30, 2009 (available at:
  • “ Large Land Deals, Outsourcing and Responsible Development”,, July 24, 2009 (available at:
  • “Reconciliation financing: An Innovative Approach to Poverty, Inequality, and Social Conflict” published on VOXEU.COM, available at:
  • Written lectures for a 4-Part  On-line Course on Global Financial Governance Offered by United Nations Institute on Training and Research (UNITAR) Materials available at SSRN:
  • “An Experiment in Creative Financing to Promote Reconciliation and Development In South Africa” in Africa’s Finances: The Contribution of Remittances, R. Bardouille, M. Ndulo and M. Grieco (eds., 2008) ( also available at:
  • “The Changing International Business Context and the Challenge it Poses for the Education of International Business Lawyers",  Proceedings of the Conference on “The Law of International Business Transactions: A Global Perspective” International Association of Law Schools, Hamburg, Germany, (April, 2008) available at:
  • “Training Law Students to be International Transactional Lawyers – Using An Extended Simulation To Educate Law Students About Business Transactions”  (Co-authored with Jay Finkelstein) 1 Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law 67 (2007).  (also available at:
  • “The Changing Role of the IMF in the Governance of the Global Economy and Its Consequences” 2007 South African Yearbook of International Affairs  (2007)
  • “Private Finance, Social Responsibility and Transitional Justice: The Case for South African Reconciliation and Development Bonds”, 15:1 Human Rights Brief 7 (2007)
  • Regulatory Frameworks for Water Resource Management: A Comparative Study (Co-author with Salman Salman) (The World Bank, Law, Justice and Development Series,  2006)
  • Entry on “The World Bank Group” in Robertson, Roland, and Jan Aart Scholte, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Globalization.  (New York: Routledge, 2006) 
  • Differing Conceptions of Development and the Content of International Development Law” 21:1 South African Journal of Human Rights (2005) reprinted in Development and Economic Resources, from Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, available at 
  • “Private Complainants and International Organizations: A Comparative Study of the Independent Inspection Mechanisms in International Financial Institutions”, 36 Georgetown J. Int’l. L 403 (2005).
  • “At the Mercy of Vultures: Sovereign Creditors in the Courts”, in  Ad Honorem Ion Dogaru:Studii Juridice Alese,  (Rumania, 2005), (with Ruxandra Burdescu)
  • “Operational Policies and Procedures and an Ombudsman”, in Accountability of the International Monetary Fund,  B. Carin and A. Wood (eds., 2005)
  • “Development Decision Making and the Content of International Development Law”,  27 B.C. Intl. & Comp. L. Rev. 195 (2004)
  • “The Governance of the International Financial Institutions: The Need for Reform”, 43 Indian Journal of International Law,” 533 (2003).“Best Practices and Key Issues to be Addressed in a Regulatory Framework for Public Debt Management,” (UNITAR Best Practices Series No. 4) (2003).
  • “The Changing Context for Negotiations with International Financial Institution and How African Countries Can Respond To It” (UNITAR Discussion Document No. 19) (2003).
  • “The Governance of International Financial Institutions: The Need for Reform”, Proceedings of the 2003 Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law,  The Hague, Netherlands, (July 2003) (TMC Asser Press)
  • “Regulatory Frameworks for Dam Safety: A Comparative Study” (Co-author with Alessandro Palmieri and Salman Salman) (The World Bank, Law Justice and Development Series, 2002) (book has been translated into Chinese, French and Russian)
  • “Should The International Financial Institutions Play a Role in The Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law?”, 50 Kansas Law Review 695 (2002)
  • The Changing Dynamics of International Financial Negotiations,” MEFMI Forum (December 2001).
  • “Lessons From the NGO Campaign Against The Second Review of the World Bank Inspection Panel,” 7 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 247 (2001).
  • “The Times They Are A ‘Changin’: Differing Conceptions of Development and the Reform of the WTO,” 33 George Washington International Law Review 503 (2001)
  • “Stuffing New Wine Into Old Bottles: The Troubling Case of the IMF,” 3 Journal of International Banking Regulation 9 (2001).
  • “The World Commission on Dams and Its Contribution to the Broader Debate on Development Decision-Making,” 16 American University International Law Review 1531 (2001) (reprinted reprinted as “Mediating the Traumas of Techno-Economic Change: A Case Study in Popular Input” in The Future of Peace, N. Kittrie, H. Carazo and J. Mancham (eds) (2003).
  • “The Role of the World Bank in Post-Conflict Situations,” Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Washington, DC (April 2001).
  • “Some Lessons About the Negotiating Dynamics in International Debt Transactions” (UNITAR Discussion Document No. 9) (2000).
  • “The Review of the IMF’s Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility” (UNITAR Discussion Documents No. 7) (2000).
  • “The Role of The Lawyer in International Debt Operations in Developing Countries” (UNITAR Discussion Documents No. 6) (2000).
  • Rapidly Changing Functions and Slowly Evolving Structures: The Troubling Case of the IMF,” Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Washington, DC (April 2000).
  • Cropper, A; Bradlow, D; and Halle M. 2000 “Regulation, Compliance, and Implementation” Thematic Review Paper, Vol. 4.  (Prepared as an input to the World Commission on Dams, Cape Town,

Selected Other Publications

  • “The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Human Rights,” 6 Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 68 (1996).
  • “A Test Case for the World Bank,” Am.U. J. Int'l. L. and Pol'y 247 (1996).
  • “Limited Mandates and Intertwined Problems: A New Challenge for the World Bank and the IMF,” 17 Human Rights Quarterly 411 (co-authored with Claudio Grossman) (1995).
  • “International Organizations and Private Complainants: The Case of the World Bank Inspection Panel,” 34 Virginia Journal of International Law 553 (1994).
  • “The World Bank's New Inspection Panel: A Constructive Step in the Transformation of the International Legal Order,” 54 Zeitschrift für Ausländisches Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 392 (Max-Planck Institute) (co-authored with S. Schlemmer-Schulte) (1994).
  • “Are We Being Propelled Towards a People: Centered Transnational Legal Order?” 9 Am. U. J. Int'l. L. and Pol'y 1 (co-authored with Claudio Grossman) (1993).
  • “The Case for a World Bank Ombudsman,” Hearings on Appropriations for International Financial Institutions, US House of Representatives Banking, Finance, Trade and Monetary policy (May 1993).
  • Testimony on “The Need for a World Bank Ombudsman,” Sub-Committee on International Financial Institutions, Standing Committee on Finance, Canadian House of Commons, Ottowa, Canada (February 1993).
  • Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment, (co-editor), (Kluwer Press) (1999).

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