Colin Crawford


Colin Crawford is the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. At Tulane, Professor Crawford also serves as Executive Director of the Payson Center for International Development. Founded in 1996, the Payson Center was one of the first U.S. university-based development studies centers, offering both technical assistance and management for development projects across the world and a full development studies curriculum, including a full slate of undergraduate offerings, an MS and PhD degree in international development, and joint degree options such as a JD/MS. The Payson Center currently works on four continents – Africa, Asia, North and South America. Before coming to Tulane, Professor Crawford was on the faculty at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where he founded and co-directed the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, which has developed new models for field-based education in comparative environmental and land use law. In this capacity, he has overseen field courses in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Turkey and the United States. Professor Crawford also directed a U.S. Agency for International Development/Higher Education for Development program to strengthen pedagogy in environmental law and policy in Central American and the Caribbean. He has lectured and published widely in the United States and abroad, concentrating his work especially in Latin America. As a scholar, his work concentrates on comparative environmental and land use law and policy, with a special focus on the social and urban implications of environmental and land use planning choices. Professor Crawford is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and degrees in modern history from Cambridge and Columbia Universities.