Allan A. Ryan, Jr. is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Law School magna cum laude, where he was President of the Minnesota Law Review. He served as a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States. After service in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Ryan became Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, representing the U.S. government in the Supreme Court. In 1980, he was appointed the first Director of the Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice. In this position, he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States.
Since 1985, Mr. Ryan has been an attorney at Harvard University and Harvard Business School. In addition to teaching human rights law at Boston College Law School, he has served as a consultant on genocide prosecutions to the government of Rwanda and participated in several international conferences on how governments should face the crimes of predecessor regimes.