Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law
School:Economics, Finance and Law
Areas of Expertise: Law
Ryan entered academia after working in international development and relief work. His law interests relate to experiences from his previous career.
Ryan graduated from the University of Essex with a BA in Philosophy with Human Rights, an LLM in International Human Rights Law and a PhD in Law. He taught at the University of Essex, for the Open Societies Foundation in Istanbul and at the University of Bedfordshire before joining ARU in January 2015.
Ryan's teaching and research interests engage with international human rights law, theory and practice, legal philosophy and the interplay between law, politics and society.
Challenging the Right to Offend Religious Sensibilities in the Face of Foreseeable Harm (2020) Law and Justice - The Christian Law Review 184, 37-57
Open Options Education and Children's Religious Upbringing: A Critical Review of Current Discussions Taking Place in the UK Parliament. (2019) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 2019. 8 (3) 567-589
Counter-Extremism in British Schools: Ensuring Respect for Parents' Rights Over Their Children's Religious Upbringing, (2017) British Journal Of Education Studies, 1-15.
'Respecting religious freedoms and freedom itself: How "on earth" do we raise our children?' in Gozdecka, D and Kmak, M (eds), Europe at the Edge of Pluralism (Intersentia, 2015), 147-160
'Non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation: Should the law accord exemptions on the basis of freedom of conscience?' (2014) 7, Questions of International Law, 13-26
'The French prohibition on veiling in public places: Rights evolution or violation?' (2013) 2(2), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 417- 439
'Closing the Legitimacy Gap on the Journey towards a Universality of Human Rights', in S. Bennett and É. O'Brien (eds), What Future for Human Rights in a non-Western World? (Institute of Commonwealth Studies 2012), 37- 48
'Legal pluralism in the liberal state: A defence of the Archbishop of Canterbury or a human rights impasse?' (2010) 165, Law and Justice, 124-143
Presentation of a paper on 'Challenging the right to offend religious sensibilities in the face of foreseeable harm' at Royal Holloway University, 20 January 2021
Presentation at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on problems around the non-violent extremism in the UK Government's PREVENT strategy, 27 October 2018.
Presentation at the International Conference on Dementia and Human Rights, Salford University, 10-11 September 2018, paper entitles: ‘The human rights of people with medium to advanced forms of dementia: how might we view these rights and give them effect?'