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 sports law. In particular, he focuses on issues of human rights and integrity within sports. Ryan has examined 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 is also conducting research on eSports athletes and risks posed to the respect of their human rights. Ryan also compares North American and European approaches to sports law.
In 2021, Ryan was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Law, where he taught Tort Law and Sports & Human Rights. In 2022, Ryan was the Visiting Director of the Oregon Summer Sports Law Institute.
Ryan currently teaches tort law and international law. He has taught Legislation, Administration & Policy, Employment Law, Human Rights Law, and Sports Law. He is a coach of the Jessup International Law Moot team, and 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 is the President of the Kamloops Music Collective.
Ryan is on sabbatical leave for the Winter 2022 semester.
- 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
- “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
- “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