Dr Ryan Murphy

Aston Law

Position: Dean of the Law School
Phone: 0121 204 3347
Email: r.murphy1@aston.ac.uk
Room: South Wing 711

Ryan Murphy joined Aston Law in September 2011. Before this, he studied for his LLB at Cardiff University. He also completed an LLM in European Legal Studies whilst at Cardiff Law School, obtaining a Distinction. His doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Panos Koutrakos, explored judicial interpretation of exceptions to the free movement of capital in EU law.

Ryan is the Deputy Head of Law at Aston and also acts as Aston Business School's Director of Academic Regulations. In 2013, he was nominated by students to receive an Aston Excellence Award (Outstanding Teacher of the Year) and was nominated & shortlisted in 2015 for a national teaching award. As part of his commitment to excellence in teaching, he also studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice, which was awarded with Distinction in July 2013.

Each year Ryan also contributes workshops to the “AimHigher” programme, aimed at Sixth Form and College students interested in studying law at university.

His research interests lie in many aspects of European Union internal market law, particularly European taxation law, prudential supervision, competition law and the process of capital liberalisation. He is also interested in the interaction between the United Kingdom legal order and the EU viewed from the perspective of British constitutional theory. 

Ryan is the Module Leader for Constitutional and Administrative law, European Union law . Before coming to Aston, Ryan taught European Union Law and Policy as a tutor at the University of Bristol.

He has also acted as a specialist Delegate Reviewer for both Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. Ryan acts as a peer-reviewer for The Law Teacher - a leading legal education journal.

  • PGCPP, Aston University, 2013. Subject: Professional Practice in Higher Education
  • Ph D, University of Bristol, 2012. Subject: Law
  • LLM, Cardiff University, 2007. Subject: European Legal Studies
  • LLB, Cardiff University, 2003. Subject: Law


  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Aston Business School. (2016 - Present)
  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Business School. (2011 - 2016)
  • Tutor of European Union Law and Policy, University of Bristol. (2008 - 2011)
  • BL3503 European Union Law 
  • BL1176 Legal System and Skills 
  • BL1177 Constiutional Law
  • EU Law
  • Legal System and Skills
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • European Union law
  • Free movement of capital in the European Union
  • SLS - Member, Society of Legal Scholars (2011 - Present)
  • SLS - Member of Education Sub-Committee, Society of Legal Scholars (2016 - Present)
  • SFHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016 - Present)
Journal articles

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Course Director - LLB Law (3yr and 4yr), School. (September 2012 - Present)

  • Course Director - LLB Law with Management (3yr and 4yr), School. (September 2012 - Present)

  • Learning and Teaching Convenor, Law (September 2014-Present)