Ryan Gauthier

Associate Professor

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

Ryan joined TRU Law in 2016. After law school, Ryan worked as an associate with the labour and employment practice of a large national firm in Vancouver. Ryan remains a non-practising member of the New York Bar.

Ryan’s research focuses on issues of international sports law and governance. Ryan’s book, The International Olympic Committee, Law, and Accountability, examines the violations of international human rights law by hosts of the Olympic Games, and the International Olympic Committee’s responsibility under international law to address these violations. Ryan also compares North American and European approaches to sports law. The book Cap in Hand (co-authored with Bruce Dowbiggin), proposes that North American professional sports leagues should adopt a European, free-market approach.

Ryan teaches tort law, and sports law. He has taught Legislation, Administration, and Policy; International Law; Employment Law; and Human Rights Law. He is a coach of the Jessup International Law Moot, and has coached the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada and the National Sports Law Negotiation Moots.

Ryan is on leave for the Fall 2021 semester.

  • Bruce Dowbiggin & Ryan Gauthier, Cap in Hand: How Salary Caps are Killing Pro Sports and Why the Free Market Could Save Them (Toronto: ECW Press, 2018)
  • Ryan Gauthier, The International Olympic Committee, Law and Accountability (Oxford: Routledge, 2017)
Book Chapters
  • Ryan Gauthier, "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.
  • Ryan Gauthier, "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
  • Nitya Iyer & Ryan Gauthier, "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
Journal Articles
  • Ryan Gauthier, “Statehood and the Olympic Games” (2020) 114 AJIL Unbound 380
  • Ryan Gauthier, “Teaching Essentially: Emergencies, Flight Instruction, and the Law School Classroom” (2020) 25:4 Lex Electronica 65
  • 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
  • Ryan Gauthier, "Constructing Statehood through Sport: Football, Kosovo, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport" (2019) 56 Can YB Intl L 220
  • 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
  • Ryan Gauthier, "Bidding to Host the Olympic Games: A Qualitative Analysis" (2016) 23 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports LJ 1
  • Ryan Gauthier, "Major Event Legislation: Lessons from London and Looking Forward" (2014) 14:1 Intl Sports LJ 58
  • Ryan Gauthier, "International Sporting Event Bid Processes, and How they can be Improved" (2011) 11:1 Intl Sports LJ 3
  • Ryan Gauthier, "In re Dewey Ranch Hockey", Case Comment, (2010) 1 Harvard J Sports & Entertainment L 181
Other Publications
Ryan Gauthier

OM 4749

  • Torts (LAWF 3070)
  • Sports Law: Professional Leagues & International Sports Organizations
    (LAWF 3980)
  • Jessup Moot
    (LAWF 4050)