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Colleen P. Graffy, LL.M.
Associate Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • LL.M., King's College, 1996, with merit
  • Diploma in Law, City University & Inns of Court School of Law, 1991
  • M.A., Boston University, 1982
  • B.A., Pepperdine University, 1979

Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Professor Graffy earned her BA from Pepperdine University and her MA from Boston University. She then served as co-director of Pepperdine's Year-in-Europe program in Heidelberg, Germany. Professor Graffy completed the Diploma in Law in London. After attending the Inns of Court School of Law, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister of the Middle Temple and received her LLM in international law through King's College, University of London with merit.

Professor Graffy served in the second Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. State Department. In that capacity, she travelled to over 40 countries and worked with U.S. embassies and a team in Washington D.C. to communicate U.S. policy, values and culture. She created the first ever "media hub" for the U.S. government with radio and television broadcasting facilities based in Brussels, Belgium. In order to reach younger audiences, an area that she identified as critical to U.S. public diplomacy, she established the "Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship," a program that brings together high schools students from former eastern block countries, Western Europe and the U.S. to study comparative constitutions and rights - in addition to fostering long-term relationships among nations. Professor Graffy was the first high level U.S. government official to actively advance "Public Diplomacy 2.0" using Twitter and other social media platforms to further U.S. communications.



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  • Colleen P. Graffy, War Crimes in Syria?, L.A. TIMES, JAN. 24, 2014
  • Colleen P. Graffy, How to Lose Friends, Citizens and Influence, WALL STREET JOURNAL, JULY 17, 2013
  • Colleen P. Graffy, Stand Up For Freedom and Freedom Will Stand Up For You (Eventually), Coffee House: The Spectator Blog, July 4, 2011
  • Colleen P. Graffy, Iraq Was a Good War --It Sparked the Arab Spring, Sunday Times (London), Sept. 11, 2011
  • Colleen P. Graffy et al., EU and US Relations in the 21st Century, Institute of Contemporary European Studies, Feb. 7, 2011
  • Colleen P. Graffy, The War Against Iraq Was the Right Decision and It Was Legal, Conservative Home, Jan. 30, 2010
  • Colleen P. Graffy, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, So There's Every Reason Why David Cameron Should Have an Official Photographer, Conservative Home, Nov. 5, 2010
  • Colleen P. Graffy, Public Diplomacy: A Practitioner's Perspective, 52 AM. BEHAV. SCIENTIST 791 (2009)
  • Colleen P. Graffy, The Rise of Public Diplomacy 2.0, J. INT'L SECURITY AFF., Fall 2009
  • Colleen P. Graffy, U.S. Public Diplomacy With Twitter, WASH. POST, Dec. 24, 2008
  • Colleen P. Graffy, "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink": The Urgency of Transnational Solutions to International Riparian Disputes, 10 GEO. INT'L ENVTL. L. REV. 399 (1998) HeinOnline
  • Colleen P. Graffy, Conditional Fees: Key to the Courtroom or the Casino?, 1 LEGAL ETHICS 70 (1998) HeinOnline
  • Colleen P. Graffy & Carol A. Chase, A Challenge for Cause against Peremptory Challenges in Criminal, 10 LOY. L.A. INT'L & COMP. L.J. 507 (1997) HeinOnline

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