Roslyn Fuller

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Roslyn Fuller
Born (1980-02-09) 9 February 1980 (age 39)
London, Ontario, Canada
OccupationAuthor, Academic, Model
NationalityCanadian, Irish

Roslyn Fuller (born 9 February 1980 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian-Irish author, academic and columnist.


Fuller attended North Lambton Secondary School in Forest, Ontario. After finishing high school, Fuller moved to Europe at the age of 19 where she learned German at the Technische Universitaet Clausthal-Zellerfeld and subsequently studied Law with a focus on Public International Law and Legal Philosophy at Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany.[1]

Following her graduation in 2006 she was accepted to write her PhD at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland due to her high results on the German Bar Exam (1st Staatsexamen).[2] She finished her PhD and graduated from Trinity in 2010 as a Doctor in Philosophy (Law), for her thesis on Democracy and International Law.[3]


Fuller graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Law) from Trinity College, Dublin. Her doctoral thesis is entitled "Democracy and International Law" and examines the origins and principles of Democracy and how they apply to today's nations and international organisations.

Before moving to Ireland, Fuller studied International Law at the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany where she worked as an undergraduate assistant at the university. In 2007, in the run-up to the Irish Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Fuller published an analysis of Ireland's relationship to the process of European Integration in the German legal journal "Neue Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht (NVwZ)"[4] She is also a regular contributor to the Irish Law Times on issues relating to International and European Law.[5]

Having taught on International Law at Trinity College and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Fuller published the second edition of "Biehler on International Law: An Irish Perspective", the only Irish textbook on international law, which continued the work of the late Gernot Biehler who had been the supervisor of Fuller's PhD thesis.[6]

Fuller has published extensive academic articles on issues ranging from Terrorism [7] to Participatory Democracy [8] and Whistleblowing.[9]


In 2012, Fuller appeared on a panel discussion on Tonight With Vincent Browne (TV3, Ireland) discussing the Savita Halappanavar case, the Gaza conflict, and other issues.[10]

Since 2014 Roslyn has been a regular contributor to the Op-Edge opinion column on RT (Russia Today),[11] writing on European and global politics, the War on Terror, Education and Whistleblowing. In April 2015 she started on a series of in-depth articles looking at the legal background to issues in the news called "The Fuller Picture" [12] within RT Op-Edge.

In 2014, Roslyn appeared as a guest on the Keiser Report[13] and Worlds Apart,[14] discussing democracy and whistle-blowing respectively. In December 2016, she talked to Lee Camp on Redacted Tonight about the failures of Western democracy and how to move towards an Athenian-style democracy.[15]

She is a regular contributor to Alternet[16] and the LA Review of Books[17] and her work has appeared in The Nation,[18] Salon,[19] the Toronto Star,[20] The Irish Times,[21] the Irish Independent [22] and The Journal,[23] as well as being a guest on a number of radio shows including BBC Newshour,[24] Sputnik [25] and Anonymous Radio.[26]

Election Campaign[edit]

In 2016, Fuller ran as an Independent candidate in the 2016 Irish general election. She received 775 votes.

She ran on a platform of digital democracy.[27][28] Following the election, Roslyn has implemented her election promise of direct people participation by conducting the first Digital Democracy experiment[29] in Ireland, in which she asked people in her electoral area of Dublin Fingal to discuss and decide on a number of local and national policy priorities. She has stated that she intends to take action on the outcome of the initiative as part of her election promise.[30]

Support for Whistle-blowers[edit]

In 2013 Fuller set up to raise money for organisations supporting whistle-blowers [31] For the project she combined photos from her modelling career with information on whistle-blowers throughout recent history. The project has been widely covered in media around the world.[32][33][34][35][36]


Fuller wrote her first novel - ISAK[37] - in 2005 while studying for the Bar Exam in Germany. The novel, which is set in the future, is an allegoric reflection of the issue of International Terrorism - a subject she closely studied while in Law School - and an attempt to uncover just what exactly terrorism is and which actions by governments or individuals can be subsumed under the term.

In 2007, parts of the novel were adapted as a stage play performed at the Irish Writers' Centre.[38]

In 2008, Fuller founded the Irish Writers' Exchange,[39] an organisation of both Irish authors and writers from around the world who have chosen to make Ireland their home away from home. The group contributes book reviews of current and classic fiction for Dublin-based multi-cultural newspaper Metro Éireann.[40] Fuller and her book ISAK were mentioned in the 2009 edition of German travel guide Marco Polo for Dublin[41]

In 2010 Fuller edited and contributed to "Dublin: Ten Journeys, One Destination", a collection of short stories published by the Irish Writers' Exchange.[42][43] In October 2011, her group won a special sponsors award at the MAMA Awards in Dublin.[44]

In 2014 Fuller accepted an offer from Zed Books to publish her academic research into democracy as a mainstream book. It was published in 2015 under the title Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed its Meaning and Lost its Purpose,[45] an analysis of the origins of democracy, its modern applications and the resulting loss of "people power". The book has received endorsements from Irish Independent columnist Fintan O'Toole, who called it "a timely and provocative look behind the clichés of Western politics"[46] as well as professor of law Marjorie Cohn and Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She was interviewed about the book on the Artist Taxi Driver,[47] This Is Hell (radio program)[48] and The University Times.[49]


Fuller worked as a model between 2005 and 2012, especially in the areas of fine art, glamour and nude art work. She has posed for some of Ireland’s best-known photographers (Vincent O’Byrne, Mike Brown - in 2012 nominated for the Black Spider Award for one of his photos of Fuller) and artists (Isobel Henihan, Sahoko Blake, the RHA). She has also worked abroad in Germany, the UK and Canada and has popularised[50][51] Bodypainting in Ireland, having been chosen three times to model at the World Bodypainting Festival[52] in Austria for special effects artist Raquel Guirro (Pan’s Labyrinth). She is extremely short: only 4’10".

Articles about her have been published in Hotpress,[53] the Sunday World,[54] Irish News of the World,[55] Irish Daily Star,[56] Irish Daily Star on Sunday[57] among others.

In 2009 she appeared on the TV show Ireland AM with bodypainter Nina Moore to publicise the World Bodypainting Festival [58] as well as enjoyed radio coverage on RTÉ's Mooney Show.[59]

From 2012 to 2014 Fuller organised the annual Irish Bodypainting Competition,[60][61] which has attracted media attention in Ireland,[62] the UK[63] and the US.[64]


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  2. ^ "Profile at Trinity College Dublin". Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  3. ^ "German decision may have major ramifications for Ireland". The Irish Times. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  4. ^ "Das verfassungsrechtliche Verhältnis Irlands zum Prozess der Europäischen Integration" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  5. ^ "Irish Law Times, Issue Nos. 3 & 7". Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  6. ^ "Round Hall Catalogue".
  7. ^ Fuller, Roslyn (January 2015). "All Bark and No Bite? Rhetoric and Reality in the War and Terror". The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law. II (1): 40. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  8. ^ Fuller, Roslyn (June 2015). "Structuring Big Data to Facilitate Participation in International Law". International Journal of Legal Information: 11. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  9. ^ Fuller, Roslyn (June 2015). "A Matter of National Security: Whistleblowing in the Military as a Mechanism for International Law Enforcement". San Diego International Law Journal. 15 (2). Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Dr Roslyn Fuller on TV3's Tonight With Vincent Browne". 22 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Roslyn Fuller - Op-Edge". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  12. ^ "The Fuller Picture - Op-Edge". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  13. ^ "Keiser Report - The Democracy Delusion". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  14. ^ "Stripping Democracy - Worlds Apart". Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  15. ^ Redacted Tonight (2016-12-09), Proof That We're Far From Democracy, Interview With Roslyn Fuller, retrieved 2016-12-18
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  17. ^ "Roslyn Fuller - Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  18. ^ "Why Is American Democracy So Broken, and Can It Be Fixed?". The Nation. ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  19. ^ Fuller, Dr Roslyn (2016-09-24). "Life in academic poverty as an underpaid university teacher: "They just don't want to pay"". Salon. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  20. ^ "We need democratic reform, not just electoral reform | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2016-12-18.
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  30. ^ ", Balbriggan News, Nostalgia, Photos & History"., Balbriggan News, Nostalgia, Photos & History. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  31. ^ "Russia Today: 'Wikilicious' law professor publishes nude calendar in aid of whistleblowers (PHOTOS)". Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  32. ^ "New calendar aims to highlight whistleblowers". Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  33. ^ "Klix (Bosnia): Profesorica prava objavila "goli kalendar" kako bi pomogla Wikileaksu". Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  34. ^ "Telegraf (Serbia): Slikala se gola za kalendar da bi pomogla Vikiliksu". Retrieved 2013-12-22.
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  36. ^ "Lanka eGossipNews - (Sri Lanka): නීතිඥවරිගේ නිරුවත කැලැන්ඩරයට - (ඡායාරුප)". Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
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  44. ^ Duncan, Pamela (2011-10-25). "Multicultural awards take place in Dublin following three-year break". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  45. ^ Beasts and Gods on Amazon. ASIN 1783605421.
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  49. ^ "Artist Taxi Driver - This is Not a Democracy". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
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  52. ^ "Body Paintings Tell a Story". Metro. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  53. ^ "The Bare Facts". Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  54. ^ "Doctor of Raw". Sunday World Ireland. 3 May 2009.
  55. ^ "Barely Legal". Irish News of the World. 3 May 2009.
  56. ^ "Getting through UniBAREcity". Irish Daily Star. 4 May 2009.
  57. ^ "Breast Result". Irish Daily Star on Sunday. 4 October 2009.
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  60. ^ "Working Hours - Roslyn Fuller". Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine. 22 July 2012.
  61. ^ Fuller, Roslyn (July 30, 2012). "Bodypainting". RTÉ 2fm (Interview). Interviewed by Ryan Tubridy. Dublin, Ireland. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  62. ^ "Paint me purple, please - models are made up". Evening Herald. 8 March 2013.
  63. ^ "Gallery: Irish Bodypainting Competition 2013". Metro UK. 5 March 2013.
  64. ^ "Body Art: Irish Body Painting Competition Turns Models Into Alien Artworks". Huffington Post. 6 March 2013.

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