Ryan Alford

Dr. Ryan Alford

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 346-7806
Office Location: 
Office Hours: 
Tuesday afternoons 1:30-5 pm.
Academic Qualifications: 

Dr. Alford received his doctorate in public, constitutional, and international law from the University of South Africa.  He recently published a book based upon his research, Permanent State of Emergency: The Demise of the Rule of Law in the United States with McGill-Queens University Press -- most of his published papers are available on SSRN; he discusses the use of executive power in the Trump Administration and its effects on the rule of law frequently on his blog.

Prior to that, he was awarded his master’s degree from the University of Oxford and his law degree from New York University.  He was called to the bar of Ontario and is an attorney and counselor-at-law of the state of New York.

Date joined Lakehead: 
July 2014
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Upon receiving his law degree, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  After entering practice he worked for the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in their New York and Brussels offices, focusing on international arbitration, transnational litigation, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, where he was awarded the First Year Class Teaching Award. 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Alford’s research focuses on the rule of law and legal rights during public emergencies.  His work has been cited in academic journals such as the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and the Yale Law Journal, as well as in legal treatises and court opinions.