Allan A. Ryan has been a lawyer at Harvard since 1985, first in the Office of General Counsel, and as director of intellectual property at Harvard Business School Publishing since 2001. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Law School magna cum laude, and was a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served in the US Department of Justice as assistant to the solicitor general, arguing eight cases before the Supreme Court, and as director of the office of special investigations in the criminal division. He is adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School, where he teaches in the field of human rights and international law. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on the First Amendment and Media Litigation, and a contributing writer to the Citizen Media Law Project Legal Guide, a publication of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He also teaches two courses in Harvard's Summer School, Intellectual Property; and War Crimes, Genocide and Justice. His book Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice and Command Accountability was published in October 2012 by University Press of Kansas.