Ryan Meade

Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall
Blackfriars Hall


Ryan Meade is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall where he focuses his research on legal philosophy/jurisprudence, administrative law, medical law, and legal history. He also has sub-specialties in clinical research regulatory matters, bioethics, comparative health systems and policy, as well as the role of compliance and ethics programmes in corporations. He is affiliated with the Aquinas Institute at Blackfriars and has been a visiting fellow of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. He also teaches Roman Law with an interest in its connections to medieval and contemporary law.

For nearly 20 years, he taught at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he gave courses in a variety of medical law, administrative law, life sciences, and regulatory topics. He was a faculty member of Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and the founding director of Loyola’s Center for Compliance Studies. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Journal of Regulatory Compliance. He served as Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies in which he developed the first academic curriculum for postgraduate degrees in regulatory compliance. In this role he supervised LLM and law students studying the role of regulations in legal systems. He continues to hold a Senior Fellow appointment at Loyola in the Center for Compliance Studies. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Rush University in Chicago, where he taught health law in the business management programme and bioethics in the Medical College.

Ryan practiced law with multiple global law firms until forming a small specialized medical law-focused firm. His legal practice has concentrated in regulatory compliance and administrative law for health care organizations, medical schools, and clinical research sites.

His current projects include work in comparative administrative law as well as theories of regulation and the common good. His work in legal philosophy is rooted in English medieval law and Roman law. He is the Convener of Oxford's Common Good Project. 

Ryan studied history (BA) at Northwestern University and law (Juris Doctor) at Cornell University. At Cornell he cross-studied in the Sage School of Philosophy. He also completed a postgraduate programme in law with Edinburgh Law School of the University of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

Jurisprudence; administrative law; medical law; governance and ethics in company law; medieval legal theory; Roman law