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Dr Ryan Murphy

Associate Professor in Law, Law

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 518645
Office - 101
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Ryan joined the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law as an Associate Professor in March 2019. Before this, he was the Dean of Aston Law School in Birmingham and a Reader of Legal Education.

He studied for his LLB at Cardiff University where he also completed an LLM in European Legal Studies. 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. 

He acts as a peer-reviewer for The Law Teacher - a leading legal education journal – with specialism in technology-enhanced learning and curriculum design and is a member of the Education Sub-committee of the Society of Legal Scholars. In addition, he has been developing expertise in legal education reform and is a member of the Solicitor Regulation Authority’s reference group on the development of the Solicitors’ Qualification Examination. He has been involved in the periodic review of programmes both within his own institution and as an external expert.

Ryan is also the College Director of Learning & Teaching.

Ryan has published a textbook on the English and Welsh legal system that takes a contemporary and skills-based approach to the subject.

Outside of Learning & Teaching, 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 warmly invites potential PhD students interested in any of the above topics, including those with an interest in legal education.

When away from academia Ryan enjoys spending time with my wife and two young boys – Peter and Simon.

Areas Of Expertise

  • English and Welsh Legal System
  • Legal Education
  • European Union Law
  • The free movement of capital in the EU

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • English and Welsh Legal System
  • Legal Skills
  • Employment Law
  • European Union Law
  • Competition Law
Award Highlights

Ryan has a strong record of accomplishment in legal education leadership and (before becoming Dean at Aston) he served as an LLB Programme Director, Director of Legal Studies and Deputy Head of Law at various points in his career. He is proud to have won many awards for his teaching and has been shortlisted twice for a national teaching award. He is committed to promoting excellence in Learning & Teaching and this was recognised by achieving Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He is presently working on an application for Principal Fellowship.