Ryan Meade is a fellow of Blackfriars Hall where he focuses his research on administrative law, medical law, legal philosophy, and regulatory theory. He also has sub-specialties in clinical research legal matters, bioethics, comparative health systems and policy, as well as the role of compliance and ethics programs in company law. He is also affiliated with the Aquinas Institute at Blackfriars and has been a visiting fellow of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre.

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, 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 numerous LLM and law students studying the role of regulations in legal systems.

He also maintains a consulting practice with Ankura Consulting Group where he co-chairs the health care and research compliance practice group. Ryan practiced law with multiple global law firms until forming a small specialized medical law firm. His legal practice has focused on regulatory compliance for health care organizations and clinical research legal matters.

Currently, Ryan is working on multiple projects including work in comparative administrative law in the context of health care systems as well as theories of regulation. His work in legal philosophy is influenced by medieval legal theorists, particularly Thomas Aquinas.  He also has an interest in language and law and is working on a long-term project entitled "Univocal, Analogical, and Metaphorical Uses of Language in law." 

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 programme of postgraduate legal studies at the University of Edinburgh Law School.

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

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