Sophie Ryan is a DPhil in Law Candidate at Magdalen College, Oxford. She researches and writes on a variety of areas, principally in public and private international law. Her doctoral research, supervised by Professor Andrew Dickinson, focuses on civil litigation for cross-border human rights abuses involving State actors and is funded by a Rhodes Scholarship.
Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) from the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Dist) from the University of Oxford. She has also studied at the National University of Singapore (as a New Colombo Plan Fellow), Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, the Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (as a visiting researcher).
Sophie has experience working with an international law firm, government, and various non-governmental and international organisations. Immediately prior to coming to Oxford, Sophie was a Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission. She is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Sophie convenes the Conflict of Laws Discussion Group and in 2021–22, coached the Oxford Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team which won the UK National Championship. Sophie has experience teaching the Contract Law and Public International Law undergraduate syllabus.