Dr Ryan Catterwell

Lecturer (Contracts, Equities & T.)

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 59138


Dr Ryan Catterwell is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law. He teaches undergraduate contract law and equity.

Dr Catterwell recently completed his doctorate through the University of Sydney. His PhD thesis explains the process of contract interpretation in a logical and structured way.

Dr Catterwell’s research interests include contract theory, legal interpretation, logic and law and technology and law. In broad terms, his research seeks to explain the logic in law by employing a blend of theoretical and empirical methods. Ryan also applies his doctrinal research in exploring the extent to which legal reasoning can be automated.

Prior to joining academia, Dr Catterwell had practised for several years in a litigious, advisory and transactional capacity. He continues to practise as a consultant at a leading global law firm. Since 2013, he has been the associate editor of the Journal of Contract Law. In both his research and his teaching, Ryan brings to bear his commercial and practical experience.

Research Interests

  • Contract Theory
  • Legal Interpretation
  • Logic and Law
  • Technology and Law


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Media, The University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), The University of Adelaide


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