John Ryan

Writer and Editor

New York

John Ryan

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lawdragon Inc.
Award-winning legal affairs journalist.



Coverage From Guantanamo Bay

Recent coverage of military trials against high-value detainees held at Guantanamo.
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The Human Rights Practice

Jayne Fleming runs Reed Smith's pro bono practice while handling difficult asylum cases.
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Rwanda’s Long Road to Justice

An in-depth look at domestic and international justice efforts 20 years after the genocide.
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War Crimes Cases: Last Stop Belgrade

National courts like Serbia's War Crimes Chamber are attempting to complement the work of the ICTY.
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Guantanamo Coverage: The "Other" Military Commission Trial

The case against an alleged senior al Qaeda operative held at Gitmo since 2007 hits a snag.
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Frank Talk About the U.S. Immigration System

Cheryl Little of Americans for Immigrant Justice discusses a number of depressing realities.
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Apartheid’s Legal Legacy

Anger remains over the failure to prosecute those who did not take part in the TRC process.
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Winning the Marriage-Equality Case

Supreme Court veteran Doug Hallward-Driemeier admits to feeling the “additional weight” of the historic Obergefell v. Hodges.
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Transitional Justice Q&A: Naomi Roht-Arriaza

One of the world's top experts discusses human rights prosecutions in Latin America.
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Mini-Doc: The Art of Max Berger

Best known for suing Corporate America, Max Berger is also a distinguished photographer.
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Archive: The 2006 Lodi Terrorism Case

The trial in Sacramento federal court casts doubt on statements attesting to a terrorist cell in Lodi.
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Cuba: What Does it Mean?

Cuba-born Carlos Méndez-Peñate, who has done legal work there for years, discusses the policy changes.
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John Ryan

John is a co-founder and the Editor-in-Chief of Lawdragon Inc., where he oversees all website and magazine content. He has extensive experience covering complex matters related to the criminal and civil justice systems as well as human rights and global justice issues. He also has project managed all aspects of website development and print production.

Prior to co-founding Lawdragon in 2005, John was a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The Los Angeles Press Club named him a “Print Journalist of the Year Finalist” in each of his last three years at the paper for his coverage of high-profile national issues. He also twice won the award for “Best Magazine Feature.”

In recent years, he has traveled to South Africa, The Hague, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Rwanda to research how post-conflict societies forge accountability mechanisms for war crimes and other human rights abuses. John also provides ongoing coverage from Guantanamo Bay on the military commissions against detainees held there. He designed his own master's program in Human Rights Studies and International Justice at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and did his undergrad work at Colby College.