Allan A. Ryan, JD

Director of Intellectual Property, Harvard Business School Publishing

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 teaches two courses in Harvard's Summer School on intellectual property, and on 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, and was a finalist for the American Bar Association's Book of the Year award. His most recent book is The 9/11 Terror Cases: Constitutional Challenges in the War Against Al Qaeda (2015), also published by Kansas. He is co-producer of the 2017 PBS three-hour documentary Dead Reckoning, an examination of justice and human rights since World War II.


  • JD University of Minnesota


Courses with Allan A. Ryan

January session

A Constitutional Convention

We thoroughly examine the US Constitution, every part, beginning to end, enlivened with historical and legal insights.

Spring term 2018

The Constitution and the Media

This course examines the concept of freedom of the press— the basis for it and the restrictions on it —in the United States. We begin by examining the concept of free speech and free press as used in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, and trace its historical development to the present.