Dr Ryan Murphy

Aston Law


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.

Position: Lecturer in Law
+44(0)121 204 3347
Email: r.murphy1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW 711
  • 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


  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Business School. (2011 - Present)
  • Tutor of European Union Law and Policy, University of Bristol. (2008 - 2011)
  • BL1161, English Legal System
  • BL1167, Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • BL3386, Constitutional and Administrative Law 
  • EU Law
  • Legal System and Skills
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • European Union law
  • Free movement of capital in the European Union
  • SRS – Member,Society of Legal Scholars. (2011 - Present)
  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. (2013 - Present)  

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Murphy, R (2014). The Court Revisits the Franked Investment Income Litigation. 1 European Current Law 1-14
  • Murphy, R. (2013). Why Does Tax Have to Be so Taxing? The Court Revisits the Franked Investment Income Litigation. European Law Review, 38(5), 693-708.

Book Chapters

  • Murphy R. (2015 - forthcoming). The Enforcement of Economic Governance in the EU – A New Hope or a False Dawn in Drake S and Smith M (eds.). Effective Enforcement in EU Law. Edward Elgar
  • Murphy, R. (2013). The economic crisis and the future of the free movement of capital – the European Union at a crossroads. The role of the Court of Justice of the European Union: malcontent or anti-hero?. European Union Development: Challenges and Strategies. Aspra.
  • Murphy, R. (2012). Changing treaty and changing economic context: The dynamic relationship of the legislature and the judiciary in the pursuit of capital liberalisation. The Legislature, the Judiciary and the Internal Market. Cambridge University Press.

Book Reviews

  • Murphy, R. (2014). Review of Shuibhne N and Gormley L (eds.), From Single Market to Economic Union: Essays in Memory of John A Usher. 39(2) European Law Review 288-291
  • Murphy, R. (2013). Review of Heremans T, Professional Services in the EU Internal Market: Quality Regulation and Self-Regulation. Journal of Common Market Studies (4th ed., vol. 51, pp. 811).

Edited Books

  • Murphy R, Dyduch K, Michalewska-Pa (eds). (2014). European Union as a Global Actor. Aspra,
  • Murphy, R., Dyduch, J., Michalewska-Pawlak (2013). European Union Development: Challenges and Strategies. Aspra.

Presentations Given

  • Murphy, R. “The impact of content design choices on the engagement of students with the Virtual Learning Environment” Association of Law Teachers 50th Annual Conference, Cardiff (March 2015)
  • Murphy, R., "The economic crisis and the future of the free movement of capital – the European Union at a crossroads. The role of the Court of Justice of the European Union: malcontent or anti-hero?," University of Wroclaw, Poland. (September 2012)
  • Murphy, R., "Judicial law-making gives way to ‘legislative adjudicating’: Article 65(4) TFEU – A truly exceptional provision, or the future of justifying restrictive practices?," University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. (June 2012)
  • Murphy, R., University of Bristol, "Article 65(4) TFEU: is the bark worse than the bite?," UK. (July 2011)
  • Murphy, R., South West and Wales Regional Postgraduate Workshop on the Future of Europe, "Direct taxation and third country capital movements: The new battleground post-Lisbon?," UK. (May 2011)
  • Murphy, R., The Legislature, the Judiciary and the Completion of the Internal Market, "Directive 88/361 and the completion of the internal market: A lesson in deference," University of Antwerp. (March 2010)
  • Murphy, R., Postgraduate Conference, "The curious case of the exceptional exception: Tax issues in European free movement law," University of Bristol, UK. (May 2009)
  • Murphy, R., Roundtable Discussion: The impact of the financial crisis on the European Union, "The financial crisis: A new era of capital controls?." (November 2008)

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)

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