Dr Ryan Murphy

Aston Law

Position: Dean of the Law School
Phone: 0121 204 3347
Email: r.murphy1@aston.ac.uk
Room: South Wing 707c

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 was appointed as the Dean of Aston Law School in June 2017, following previous appointments as Programme Director and Deputy Head of Law. Ryan has won many internal awards for his commitment and dedication to the students of Aston University. He has also been shortlisted twice 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. 

Ryan also has recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and is presently working on an application for Principal Fellowship. Ryan's 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 acts as a peer-reviewer for The Law Teacher - a leading legal education journal. He is also a member of the Education Sub-committee of the Society of Legal Scholars. Ryan was also invited to join the reference group for the Solicitors Regulation Authority's reforms to legal education. 

  • 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


  • Dean of Aston Law School, Aston Business School. (2017 - Present) 
  • 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 
  • The regulation of legal education
  •  Jake Hinks (2017 - Present)


  • 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)