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.
- The International Olympic Committee, Law and Accountability (Oxford: Routledge, 2017)
- 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
- 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
- "Publicly-Subsidized Stadiums - Changing the Game Through Good Governance" (2023) Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Sports Law Journal 231
- “Statehood and the Olympic Games” (2020) 114 AJIL Unbound 380
- “Teaching Essentially: Emergencies, Flight Instruction, and the Law School Classroom” (2020) 25:4 Lex Electronica 65
- “Constructing Statehood through Sport: Football, Kosovo, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport” (2019) 56 Can YB Intl L 220
- “Olympic Game Host Selection and the Law: A Qualitative Analysis” (2016) 23 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports LJ 1
- “Major Event Legislation: Lessons from London and Looking Forward” (2014) 14:1 Intl Sports LJ 58
- “International Sporting Event Bid Processes, and How they can be Improved” (2011) 11:1 Intl Sports LJ 3
- “In re Dewey Ranch Hockey”, Case Comment, (2010) 1 Harvard J Sports & Entertainment L 181
Co-Authored Articles in Academic Journals
- Ryan Gauthier & Gigi Alford, “Will Human Rights Ever be Olympic Values?: Evaluating the Responses to Human Rights Violations at the Olympic Games” (2019-2020) 35 Conn J Intl L 21
- Arnout Geeraert & Ryan Gauthier, “Out-of-Control Olympics: Why the IOC is Unable to Ensure an Environmentally Sustainable Olympic Games” (2018) 20 J Environmental Policy & Planning 16
- “Hockey Canada's problems show that the government needs to regulate sport in Canada” (12 October 2022), online: The Conversation
- “From the Chicago Blackhawks to Washington’s Football Team, There’s an Urgent Need for More Accountability in Pro Sports” (8 November 2021), online: The Conversation
- “Post-COVID Reforms to Financial Fair Play” (6 August 2021), online: Brussels Agenda
- “How to Protest China’s Human Rights Violations Without Boycotting the 2022 Olympics” (27 January 2021), online: The Conversation
- “Offside: The Secret Deals Involving Money for Sports Stadiums” (3 September 2018), online: The Conversation
- “A Good Governance Approach to Stadium Subsidies in North America” (5 December 2017), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
- “Kosovo at the Court of arbitration for Sport – Constructing Statehood Through Sport?” (17 March 2017), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
- “Fear and Loathing in Rio de Janeiro – Displacement and the Olympics” (21 August 2016), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
- Paul Hover, Bake Dijk, Koen Breedveld, Frank van Eekeren, with contributions from Marjan Olfers, Wilm Keijsers, Jan Hein Boersma & Ryan Gauthier, “Integrity and Sport Events” (2016) Mulier Institute & Utrecht University, Position Paper
- “The International Olympic Committee’s Accountability for Human Rights – Learning from the World Bank” (18 August 2015), online: Opinio Juris
- “The New Olympic Host City Contract: Human Rights a la carte?” (17 November 2014), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
- Torts (LAWF 3070)
- International Law
- Jessup Moot