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.

Dr Catterwell holds a PhD in contract interpretation from the University of Sydney. He is published on contract law in leading Australian and English journals. He is the author of a book titled “A Unified Approach to Contract Interpretation” that is to be published by Hart Publishing in 2020.

Dr Catterwell’s research interests include private law, contract theory, legal interpretation, logic and law, and the automation of legal reasoning. In broad terms, his research seeks to explain the 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 practised for several years in a litigious, advisory and transactional capacity. He continues to practise as a consultant for a leading global law firm. 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
  • Automation of Legal Reasoning


  • 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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  • Pearson, Gail, Peden, Elisabeth, Tolhurst, Greg J., Paterson, Jeannie, McCracken, Sheelagh, McNaughton, Anne, Catterwell, Ryan and Silink, Allison Commercial Law: Commentary and Materials. Sydney, NSW Australia: Thomson Reuters, 2019.

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