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Colin Crawford

Professor of Law
Executive Director, Payson Center for International Development
Tulane University Law School
BA, Columbia University
MA, 1st Class Honors, University of Cambridge
JD, Harvard University

Professor 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 Center. He was recently 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.


Dr. Edésio Fernandes

Professor, University College London
LLB and Diploma in Urban Studies, Minas Gerais Federal University-MGFU
Diploma in Urban Law, National School of Urban Services/IBAM
Diploma in in Baroque Art and Culture, Institute of Culture and Arts, Ouro Preto Federal University
LLM in Law in Development, Warwick University
Ph.D. Warwick University

Edesio Fernandes is a Brazilian lawyer and city planner based in London, where he is a part-time lecturer at the Development Planning Unit of University College London. He is also coordinator of IRGLUS (International Research Group on Law and Urban Space), a partner of United Nations/HABITAT. His research and teaching interests include urban and environmental law, planning and policy; local government and city management; and constitutional law and human rights in developing countries. For the last two decades, he has focused on the field of urban land regularization in Latin America and other regions.


Becky L. Jacobs

Associate Professor of Law
University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
B.S., Florida Institute of Technology, summa cum laude
J.D., University of Georgia, summa cum laude

Becky L. Jacobs brought more than a decade of national and international experience in the corporate world when she joined the College of Law faculty in 2002. Prof. Jacobs came to UT from Duke Energy International's Sao Paulo, Brazil office, where she worked as an Assistant General Counsel. Early in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. She then practiced with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and Shook, Hardy & Bacon, spending time in the London offices of both firms, and she also worked as an in house lawyer for CNG Transmission and Conoco. Prof. Jacobs has extensive experience with international transactions and also has practiced in the areas of environmental, energy, and administrative/regulatory law. The top graduate in her law class at the University of Georgia, Prof. Jacobs was named to the Order of the Coif and was Symposium Editor of the Georgia Law Review.

P. Sampaio

Dr. Patricia Sampaio

Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School (FGV -DIREITO RIO)
LLB Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
LLM, University of São Paulo School of Law
Ph.D. University of São Paulo School of Law

Patricia Sampaio started teaching at FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, and since then has taught Administrative Law in the LLB degree and Competition Law and Economic Regulation in the LLM program. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the National School of Public Administration. Dr. Sampaio is a practitioner as well; she is currently a partner at Chediak, Lopes da Costa, Cristofaro, Menezes Cortes, Rennó e Aragão Advogados practicing in the fields of administrative law, competition law and public utility regulation. Professor Sampaio has publications in various subjects such as obligations, law and economics, banking and environmental law.  She is expected to finish her doctorate in the first semester of 2012 at the University of São Paulo - USP.


Rômulo S.R. Sampaio

Professor of Environmental Law
Academic Coordinator of the Center for Environmental Law, FGV Direito Rio
Professor of Graduate Studies
Graduation: Law, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, PUC-PR
Master's in Economic and Social Law, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, PUC-PR
Ph.D and LL.M. in Environmental Law, Pace University School of Law

Rômulo S. R. Sampaio received his Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Law from Pace University and also served at Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. He was Director of International Services at the Brazilian American Institute for Law and the Environment (BAILE) and a member of the Specialist Group on Energy and Climate Change at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Professor Sampaio has published numerous articles and books on environmental, energy and climate change law in the U.S., Brazil and Europe.


Paula Spieler

Professor of Human Rights
International Relations Coordinator
Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School (FGV - DIREITO RIO)
LL.B., Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)
LL.M. in International Relations, Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)
S.J.D. Candidate in Theory and Philosophy of the Law, U. do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

Paula Spieler is a professor of human rights at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School (FGV Direito Rio) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she also serves as International Relations Coordinator. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Rights, as well as in the Inter-American Human Rights Clinic.  She has served as a consultant for various international organizations including Amnesty International and the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). Professor Spieler has published several books on the subject of human rights and the right to development.

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