Ryan Gauthier

Associate Professor

BA (Carleton), JD (Harvard), PhD (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Ryan joined TRU Law in 2016. After law school, he worked as an associate with the labour and employment practice of a large national firm in Vancouver before going to the Netherlands to undertake his PhD work.

Ryan’s research examines issues related to sports law, particularly in the areas of human rights and integrity. Ryan’s PhD work examined violations of international human rights law by hosts of the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee’s responsibility under international law to address these violations. In recent years, Ryan has examined sports governance in Canada, risks to the respecting of human rights of eSport competitors, and governance issues related to the public financing of stadiums. Ryan also compares North American and European approaches to sports law.

Consistent with Ryan’s international approach, he has held visiting posts in the USA and Australia. Ryan has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Law (2021 and 2022), teaching Tort Law and Sports & Human Rights. Ryan has also been the Visiting Director of the Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute (2022 and 2023). Ryan is also a Former Visiting Academic at Bond University (2023).

Ryan currently teaches Tort Law, International Law, and Sports & Human Rights. In prior years, he has taught Legislation, Administration & Policy, Employment Law, Human Rights Law, and Sports Law.

Ryan serves as the Chair of the Moots Committee and as a coach of the Jessup International Law Moot team. He has coached the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada and the National Sports Law Negotiation Moots.

Ryan is a board member of the BC Law Institute and a former President of the Kamloops Music Collective. Ryan remains a non-practicing member of the New York Bar.

Co-Authored Books
  • Cap in Hand: How Salary Caps are Killing Pro Sports and Why the Free Market Could Save Them (Toronto: ECW Press, 2018) with Bruce Dowbiggin
Co-Edited Books
  • Handbook on International Sports Law, 2nd ed (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2022) with James A.R. Nafziger
Authored Chapters in Edited Collections
  • “League and Team Restrictions on Player Movement” in James A.R. Nafziger and Ryan Gauthier, eds, Handbook on International Sports Law, 2nd ed (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2022)
  • “Canada”, in Sandy Adam, ed, National Sports Governance Observer 2: Benchmarking Governance in National Sports Organisations (Arhus: PlaytheGame, 2021)
  • “Quasi-States and Sport: Building a Case for Statehood” in Karen N. Scott, Kathleen Clausen, Charles-Emmanuel Côté & Atsuko Kanehara, eds, Changing Actors in International Law (Leiden: Brill, 2021) 48
  • “Player Movement and Competition Law: A US/EU Comparison” in Mike McCann, ed, Oxford University Press Handbook of American Sports Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) 449
Co-Authored Chapters in Edited Collections
  • “Barriers to Access to Justice” in Adam M. Dodek & Jeffrey G. Hoskins, eds, Canadian Legal practice – A Guide for the 21st Century (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2009) (loose-leaf updated 2009, release 1), ch 22 with Nitya Iyer
Authored Articles in Academic Journals
Co-Authored Articles in Academic Journals
Other Publications
Ryan Gauthier

OM 4749

  • Torts (LAWF 3070)
  • International Law
    (LAWF 3740)
  • Jessup Moot
    (LAWF 4050)