Colin Crawford

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.