Senior Lecturer in Equity & Trusts and Computational Law, Australian National University

Dr Ryan's area of expertise is commercial equity, in particular the liability of third parties to a breach of trust. Her PhD formulated a new classification for Barnes v Addy liability. Her current research explores breach of fiduciary duty in apparently trustless commercial relationships and self-executing contracts, usually enabled by Blockchain technology. Dr Ryan designed and coordinates a commercial equity elective that examines directors’ duties, Ponzi schemes and the trust as an alternative to a corporate arrangement. Her teaching research investigates how authentic legal processes can improve law students' problem-solving. In conjunction with the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre, she is piloting the use of discourse analytics software to improve law students' legal writing skills. Dr Ryan is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee for Blockchain (IT-041)


  • 2014–present
    Lecturer in Commercial Equity and Disruptive Technologies and the Law, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, PhD Law