Ryan Thoreson

Ryan R Thoreson

Asst Professor

Professional Summary

Areas of interest: Constitutional Law, International Law and Human Rights, Torts | Secondary Interests: Antidiscrimination Law, Comparative Law, Law and Sexuality

Ryan Thoreson’s scholarship focuses on contemporary social movements and spans constitutional law, criminal law, tort law, and comparative and international law. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the California Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Law Journal, and Journal of Human Rights.

Previously, Thoreson taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong and was a Clinical Lecturer and Cover-Lowenstein Fellow at Yale Law School. Prior to entering academia, he was a researcher at Human Rights Watch and clerked on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thoreson received his J.D. from Yale, where he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. A Rhodes scholar, he also holds a D.Phil. in Anthropology from Oxford and an A.B. magna cum laude in Government and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Harvard University.


JD: Yale Law School

DPhil: Oxford University

AB: Harvard University


Other Publications

Ryan Thoreson (2022. ) “Discriminalization”: Sexuality, Human Rights, and the Carceral Turn in Antidiscrimination Law, 110 .Calif. L. Rev.,

Ryan Thoreson Queering State Interests: Engaging Rights-Based Opposition to Sexual Rights .Social Science Research Network,

Ryan Thoreson, Elizabeth Brundige, Tamar Ezer, and Aya Fujimura-Fanselow Integrating Human Rights in Domestic Clinical Practice .

Ryan Thoreson (2018. ) The Limits of Moral Limitations: Reconceptualizing “Morals” in Human Rights Law .Harvard International Law Journal,

Ryan Thoreson (2015. ) From Child Protection to Children’s Rights: Rethinking Homosexual Propaganda Bans in Human Rights Law .Yale Law Journal,