Dr Ryan Murphy

Aston Law

Position: Lecturer in Law
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3347
Email: r.murphy1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW 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 Course Director for the LLB Law and LLB Law with Management Programmes. In 2013, he was nominated by students to receive an Aston Excellence Award (Outstanding Teacher of the Year). 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 and Legal System and Skills. 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 has contributed to a ‘Which? University’ Personal Statement guide (click here for more information)

  • EU Law
  • Legal System and Skills
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • SRS – Society of Legal Scholars
  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



  • Murphy R, 'The Court Revisits the Franked Investment Income Litigation' (2014) 1 Euro CL 1
  • Murphy R (ed.), European Union Development: Challenges and Strategies (Aspra 2013)
  • 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?’ in Dyduch J, Michalewska-Pawlak (eds.) European Union Development (Volume I; Aspra 2013)
  • Murphy R, 'Why Does Tax Have to Be so Taxing? The Court Revisits the Franked Investment Income Litigation' (2013) 38(5) ELRev 693-708.
  • Murphy R, 'Changing Treaty and Changing Economic Context: The Dynamic Relationship of the Legislature and the Judiciary in the Pursuit of Capital Liberalisation' in Syrpis, P. (ed) The Legislature, the Judiciary and the Completion of the EU Internal Market (Cambridge University Press 2012)


  • Murphy, R, 'Review of Heremans T, Professional Services in the EU Internal Market: Quality Regulation and Self-Regulation' (2013) 51(4) Journal of Common Market Studies 811

Conference Papers

  • 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?’ (2012) Wroclaw University, Poland
  • 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?’ (2012) Birmingham University
  • Murphy, R. ‘Article 65(4) TFEU, is the bark worse than the bite? Lisbon Judicialises the Council of Ministers (2010) Annual European Regional Workshop
  • Murphy, R. ‘Directive 88/361 and the free movement of capital: A lesson in deference’ (2010) Antwerp University
  • Murphy, R. ‘The curious case of the exceptional exception: Tax issues in European law’ (2009) Bristol University

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