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Colin Crawford

Colin Crawford

Colin Crawford joined the Tulane faculty in 2010 from the Georgia State University College of Law, where he founded and co-directed the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and directed a summer program in Rio De Janeiro.  He is the founder of Study Space, a project that brings together academics and graduate students each year for an intensive study of one city in the Americas or the Caribbean.  He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, and the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  Immediately after his graduation from law school, he engaged in private legal practice in Tokyo and New York City in the areas of international, environmental, and land use law.

Professor Crawford has significant expertise in international development, an area in which he will teach as well as work as Executive Director of Tulane's Payson Program.  He was awarded a three-year grant from Higher Education for Development/US Agency for International Development to direct an environmental law capacity-building project in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.  His teaching and research interests are in the environmental and land use areas, particularly comparative, cross-cultural environmental justice issues, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Professor Crawford has an extensive publications record and is the author of several books, chapters in books, and many articles in law reviews, as well as shorter works.  He has lectured and presented throughout the world on environmental and other topics.

Colin Crawford blogs often on the Payson website in which he discusses the program's influence at Tulane and throughout the world

Primary Classification: 
Secondary Classification: 
  • B.A., Columbia University, History, 1980
  • M.A., University of Cambridge, History, 1982
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988
Academic Experience: 
  • Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 2010-present
  • Professor of Law, Georgia State University School of Law, 2008-2010
  • Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State University School of Law, 2003-2008
  • Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1997-2003
  • Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School, 1992-1997
Selected Publications: 
  • 2010. Derecho, Democracia y Economía de Mercado (Law, Democracy and the Free Market) with Daniel Bonilla Maldonado and Carmen Gonzalez, eds. and co-authors of introductory chapter: "El Neoliberalismo Neoclásico, El Libre Mercado y Sus Críticos." Universidad de los Andes: Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 2010. "Social and Cultural Protection and Environmental Justice: Lessons of the Colombian Model." In Justicia Colectiva, Medio Ambiente y Democracia Participativa: La Corte Constitucional y la Ley Forestal (Collective Justice, The Environment and Participatory Democracy: The Constitutional Court and The Forestry Law). Siglo del Hombre/Universidad de los Andes: Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 2009. Derecho Ambiental: Una introducción (Environmental Law: An Introduction). Editor. Siglo del Hombre/Universidad de los Andes: Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 2009. "The Promise and Peril of Environmental Law: Challenges, Conflicting Objectives and the Search for Solutions." In Derecho Ambiental: Una introducción. Colin Crawford, Ed. Siglo del Hombre/Universidad de los Andes: Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 1996. Uproar at Dancing Rabbit Creek: The Battle over Race, Class and the Environment in the New South. Addison-Wesley.
Country Experience: 
Dominican Republic

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