Ryan Beaton is a legal scholar whose primary interests include constitutional law, Aboriginal law, Indigenous land rights and legal philosophy. His research focuses on the challenge posed by the evolving conception of Aboriginal title to traditional notions of state sovereignty.

Ryan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in law at the University of Victoria, as a 2017 scholar of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. He is also conducting historical and legal research as part of a team preparing an Aboriginal title claim. In 2014-2015, he was a law clerk for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. The year prior to that, he was a law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 2013, Ryan received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In 2011, Ryan completed a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examined the secularization of German moral philosophy in the works of Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. He also holds an M.Sc. in mathematics, having completed a master’s thesis on the settheoretic interpretation of Fregean arithmetic.

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