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Roisin Costello, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Roisin Costello

Ph.D. Candidate

c/o Law School
House 39
Trinity College, Dublin 2

Fax: (01) 677 0449

Ph.D. Thesis: Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law in a Digital Future

Supervisor: Dr. Diarmuid Rossa Phelan

Biography Professional Qualifications Awards Research Interests
Education Details Employment Details Memberships / Associations Publications


Roisin Costello graduated from the Law School with first class honours in 2013 and holds Masters (with distinction) in International Affairs and Law from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and Georgetown Law respectively. Róisín was a Fellow of the Institute for International Economic Law at Georgetown and a research assistant at the Law School’s Centre for Privacy and Technology Law. During her LL.M. Róisín also worked with the Electronic Privacy Information Centre in Washington D.C. covering consumer protection and public interest law. Following graduation Róisín worked in London and Dublin in law and policy. Róisín has acted as a local expert for the World Bank Report on Women, Business and the Law and is a contributing writer on law and technology to Justis and the winner of the Justis 2018 International Law and Technology Writing Competition. As a member of the Institute of International and European Affairs’ Emerging Voices panel on the Future of the EU 27 supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Róisín contributes to policy discussions on digital technologies and the Rule of Law in the European Union. Her doctoral work is funded by the Irish Research Council.

Professional Qualifications


  • Irish Research Council/Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Justis International Law and Technology Writing Competition Winner 2018
  • Early Career Research Fellow Trinity College Dublin Long-Room Hub
  • Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentship
  • Fellow, Georgetown Institute for International Economic Law
  • International Student Scholarship, Georgetown Law
  • CALI Award for Future Leadership in laws governing emerging technologies

Research Interests

  • Technology law and policy
  • Public law and governance
  • International economic law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Cultural property law and policy
  • Public international law

Education Details

  • Georgetown University Law Centre, Master of Laws (LL.M.), 2015
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Master of International Affairs (Public Policy & Management), 2014
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College, Bachelor in Laws (LL.B.), 2013

Employment Details

  • Seminar Tutor (Foundations of Law, Administrative Law, Legislation and Regulation, Advanced EU Law.

Memberships /Associations /Representations

  • Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • Irish Society for International Law
  • European Society of International Law
  • The International Society of Public Law
  • Society of Legal Scholars


Peer Reviewed:

“International criminal law and the role of non-state actors in preserving open source evidence” Cambridge International Law Journal (Forthcoming, 2018).

“The Right to be Forgotten in Cases Involving Criminal Convictions: NT1 & NT2 v Google and the Information Commissioner” European Human Rights Law Review 3 (2018) 268.

“Reviving Rylands: How the Doctrine could be Used to Claim Compensation for Environmental Damage Caused by Fracking” 23(1) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (2014)

“Fire Sale or Financial Saviour? Community Economic Development after the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Funds” 2(2) The Irish Review of Community Economic Development Law and Policy (2013).

Student Peer Reviewed:

“Warren and Brandeis and the Right to Privacy’s Hollow Core” 5 Kings Inns Law Review (2015).

“From Sfumato to Chiaroscuro: Highlighting the Legal and Practical Hurdles to Art Investment Funds” 5 Kings Inns Law Review (2015) (Winner of prize for Best Article).

“Irreconcilable Differences? The Potential of Big Data and E-Governance to Reconcile Neoliberal Ideologies and The Regulatory State,” 1(2) Journal of Law, Technology and Public Policy (2015).

“Of Polycentricity and Paper Dragons: The New Company Law and Business in China” 15(1) Asian Business Lawyer (2015).

“Privacy, Surveillance and International Trade in the United States and European Union,” XVII Trinity College Law Review (2014).

“Narratives of Recovery; The Promise of Trial and Alternative Models of justice in Achieving Reconciliation in Post Conflict Societies” Dublin City University Socio-Legal Studies Review (2013).


“R (Liberty) v The Secretary of State: The Struggle to Keep Data Retention Legislation Afloat in ‘Deep Constitutional Waters’ Continues” Irish Law Times (Forthcoming, 2018).

“The Right to be Forgotten and Criminal Convictions: Recent Developments in the European Union” Justis (October 2018).

“Access to and Inheritance of Digital Assets After Death,” Justis (July 2018).

“The Tortoise and the Hare? Due Process and Unconstitutionally Obtained Evidence in the Digital Age” Justis (June 2018) Winner of Justis Law and Technology International Writing Competition.

“A Dyadic Future: The Rule of Law in the European Union” UACES Annual Conference, 2018.

“The need for a constitutional prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure in a digital age,” Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights, WG Hart Legal Workshop, 2018.

“Fade to Black: the declining influence of the common law and its implications for the rule of law in Europe” ICON-S Great Britain & Ireland, September 2017.

“Recruitment embargoes in the public service are preventing young people from playing a role in the country’s future” The Irish Times, July 24th 2013


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