Biography

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 cross-border civil litigation for gross 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, and the Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy (as a Rhodes Academy-ICPC Submarine Cables Writing Award recipient).

She has work and research experience across the fields of law reform, international dispute resolution, strategic human rights litigation, and atrocity prevention, including for a government, international law firm, international organisation, and various non-governmental organisations. Immediately prior to coming to Oxford, Sophie worked as 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 2021-2022, coached the Oxford Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team which won the UK National Championship and various awards in the International Rounds of the competition. Sophie currently teaches Contract Law and Public International Law on the undergraduate syllabus.