Ryan Liss

Schell Center Visiting Human Rights Fellow


Ryan Liss ’13 LLM works in public international law and criminal law, examining the ways in which human rights both construct and constrain state power. Liss is a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Toronto's Centre for Ethics and is completing a J.S.D. at Yale Law School, where he studies as a Trudeau Scholar and Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow. Before beginning his graduate studies, he clerked for Chief Justice Warren Winkler of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He has also held positions at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and with the Coalition for the ICC. Liss has been involved in pro bono and clinic advocacy work on international human rights and constitutional rights in cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, the U.N. Human Rights Committee, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. While completing his JD, he was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations.