Ryan Gauthier

Assistant 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 Legislation, Administration and Policy in the first-year curriculum. He has taught International Law, Employment Law, and Human Rights Law at TRU Law. He is also the faculty coach of the Jessup International Law Moot.

  • 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, "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 & 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, "Offside: The Secret Deals Involving Money for Sports Stadiums" (3 September 2018), online: The Conversation
  • Ryan Gauthier, "A Good Governance Approach to Stadium Subsidies in North America" (5 December 2017), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
  • Ryan Gauthier, "Kosovo at the Court of arbitration for Sport – Constructing Statehood Through Sport?" (17 March 2017), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
  • Ryan Gauthier, "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
  • Ryan Gauthier, "The International Olympic Committee’s Accountability for Human Rights – Learning from the World Bank" (18 August 2015), online: Opinio Juris
  • Ryan Gauthier, "The New Olympic Host City Contract: Human Rights a la carte?", (17 November 2014), online: Asser International Sports Law Blog
  • Ryan Gauthier

    OM 4749

    • LAP (LAWF 3040)
    • Sports Law (LAWF 3980)