Faculty: Colin Crawford

Colin Crawford

Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Law
San Francisco
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Colin Crawford began as Dean at the Golden Gate University School of Law in June 2021. Previously, he was Dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, following tenured positions at Tulane University, Georgia State University, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. As a scholar, Dean Crawford focuses on environmental, property, urban development, and land-use law questions, especially in a comparative and international context. He served as the Project Director for the Environmental Law Capacity-Building Initiative in Central America and the Caribbean, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has published books and articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese languages in which he is fluent. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and degrees in modern history from Cambridge and Columbia universities. He was admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Dean Crawford has lectured and published widely in the U.S. and abroad, concentrating his work especially in Latin America. He is a faculty associate at an interdisciplinary graduate program offered by four top universities in Rio de Janeiro and regularly teaches comparative environmental law and policy courses at both the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at the University of the Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia. He also serves on the editorial boards of a Brazilian and a Colombian non-profit. He has held the UC3M-Santander Chair of Excellence at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain and visited Bucerius Law School, in Hamburg, Germany, as the Max Kade Visiting Professor. He has lectured and taught in Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, France, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Panama, and South Korea and was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic.


  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law & Policy
  • Legal Theory
  • Property Law
  • Urban Law


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • MA, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Columbia University


  • Dean,  Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University Law School
  • Professor, Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where he founded and co-directed the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.


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  • Member of Editorial Council, Panorama of Brazilian Law, since 2014.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Diversitates, an inter-disciplinary online academic journal based at the Núcleo de Inclusão Social (Center for Social Inclusion), Institute for Philosophy and Social Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, since 2009.
  • Board Member, Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc., elected in 2007 for a three-year term.