Talita de Souza Dias

Talita Dias

Research Fellow

Talita Dias is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with ELAC. Her current research interests include due diligence in cyberspace and atrocity prevention in the digital age. She is particularly interested in identifying state obligations to prevent, halt and redress transboundary cyber harms, as well as the applicable standards of due diligence under international law. Talita is also part of the Transatlantic Atrocity Prevention Network, established under ELAC's International Peace and Security Programme. As part of this network, her research looks at states' duties to prevent aggression under international law.

Talita is also a Lecturer in Criminal Law on the Law Mods/FHS course at St Catherine's College (Oxford) and a Seminar Leader in Law and Public Policy on the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. She has been recently appointed Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has previously taught public international law and international criminal law at Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Talita's DPhil thesis (Oxon, 2019) looked at the principles of legality and fair labelling in international criminal law, whilst her MJur dissertation (Oxon, 2015) focussed on prosecutorial discretion at the International Criminal Court. Her research cuts across issues of international law and policy, including international criminal law and international humanitarian law, transitional justice, international human rights law and criminal law theory.

In 2015, Talita obtained her MJur degree with distinction. She was also awarded the Clifford Chance Prize for Best Overall Performance in the program, the Law Faculty Prize for Best Exam Paper in International Law & Armed Conflict, the Principal’s Prize and the Archibald Jackson Prize for Academic Excellence (Somerville College). In 2015/2016, Talita worked for Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia at the International Criminal Court, under the sponsorship of the Oxford Global Justice Internship Program and the Planethood Foundation. She has previously worked as a Criminal and Family Law Clerk in Brazil. She did her undergraduate studies in Law at the Federal University of Pernambuco with a year abroad in France, where she attended Sciences Po-Lille and Université Pierre-Mendès (Grenoble, France).

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Research Papers and Policy Briefs

  • Dapo Akande and Talita de Souza Dias, ‘How the UNSC and ASP can enhance cooperation with the ICC’, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 26 March 2019
  • Dapo Akande and Talita de Souza Dias, ‘A new approach to the “Interests of Justice” in the 10 years ahead of the Rome Statute: Why and when the Prosecutor should use her discretion under Article 53(1)(c) and 2(c) of the Statute to defer investigations or prosecutions in favour of peace negotiations’, UCLA ICC Forum & European University Institute, June 2018.

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