Dr Talita Dias is the Senior Research Fellow on Chatham House’s International Law Programme, as well as a Research Fellow with ELAC. Pior to that, she was the Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow in Law at Jesus College and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with ELAC.
Her current research interests include the regulation of online hate speech and ‘information operations’, such as dis/misinformation and war propaganda, the application of international law to new technologies, including the Internet and artificial intelligence, as well as states’ obligations to prevent, halt and redress online harms (cyber due diligence).
She is the principal investigator of Just Speech (a research project looking at the international law and policy around online hate speech) and Beat the Algorithm (a research and public engagement project funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust aiming to develop human rights-consistent regulatory and computational models for recommendation and content moderation algorithms).
Talita teaches International Law & Public Policy on the the Blavatnik School of Government’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme. She has taught English Criminal Law on the Law Moderations course at St Catherine’s College, International Criminal Law on the Law Faculty’s BCL/MJur programme, and Public International Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since 2019, Talita is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Talita’s DPhil thesis (Oxford, 2019), published as the book Beyond Imperfect Justice (Brill, 2022), looks at the principles of legality and fair labelling in international criminal law. It was awarded the Special Mention of the English-Speaking René Cassin – International Institute of Human Rights 2020 Thesis Prize. Her MJur dissertation (Oxford, 2015) explored the issue of prosecutorial discretion at the International Criminal Court.
Talita’s research has been published in the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, the Journal of International Criminal Justice (here and here), the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, the Human Rights Law Review, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and the International Criminal Law Review.
In 2015, Talita obtained her MJur degree from the University of Oxford 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).
- ‘”Cyber Due Diligence”: A Patchwork of Protective Obligations in International Law’, European Journal of International Law (2021)
- ‘The Banality of Law: Reflections on The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law’, Journal of International Criminal Justice, 28 February 2021
- ‘Prevent, Respond, Cooperate: States’ Due Diligence Duties vis-à-vis the COVID-19 Pandemic‘, 2 June 2020, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (with Antonio Coco)
- ‘Accessibility and Foreseeability in the Application of the Principle of Legality under General International Law: A Time for Revision?’, 19(4) Human Rights Law Review (2020)
- ‘The Nature of the Rome Statute and the Place of International Law before the International Criminal Court’, 17(3) Journal of International Criminal Justice (2019)
- ‘The Activation of the Crime of Aggression before the International Criminal Court: Some Overlooked Implications Arising for States Parties and Non-States Parties to the Rome Statute’, 24(3) Journal of Conflict and Security Law (2019)
- ‘Recharacterisation of Crimes and the Principle of Fair Labelling in International Criminal Law’, 18(4) International Criminal Law Review (2018), 788
- ‘The Retroactive Application of the Rome Statute in Cases of Security Council Referrals and Ad hoc Declarations: An Appraisal of the Existing Solutions to An Under-discussed Problem’, 16(1) Journal of International Criminal Justice (2018) 65
- ‘“Interests of Justice”: Defining the Scope of Prosecutorial Discretion in Article 53 (1)(c) and 2(c) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court’, 30 Leiden Journal of International Law (2017) 731
‘Peace Negotiations as “Interests of Justice”’, in The International Criminal Court: Contemporary Challenges and Reform Proposals, Steinberg (ed), (Brill, 23 July 2020) (with Dapo Akande)
- ‘Cyber Due Diligence in Public Health Crises’, in Fagan and Ferstman (eds.), COVID-19, Law and Human Rights: A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre (Creative Commons, 1 July 2020) (with Antonio Coco)
- ‘The Presence of the Accused During Trial: Bridging the Gap Between Mandatory Presence and In Absentia Trials’ in Defendants and Victims in International Criminal Justice: Ensuring and Balancing Their Rights, Nicholson and Pérez-Léon (eds.) (Rutledge, 2020) (with Tsvetelina Van Benthem)
Research Papers and Policy Briefs
- ‘How the UNSC and ASP can enhance cooperation with the ICC’, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 26 March 2019 (with Dapo Akande)
- ‘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 (with Dapo Akande)
- ‘Old Habits Die Hard: Applying Existing International Law in Cyberspace and Beyond‘, EJIL: Talk!, 5 January 2021 (with Dapo Akande and Antonio Coco)
- ‘Due Diligence and COVID-19: States’ Duties to Prevent and Halt the Coronavirus Outbreak’, Parts I, II and III, EJIL: Talk!, 24-25 March 2020 (with Antonio Coco)
- Dapo Akande and Talita de Souza Dias, ‘The ICC Pre-Trial Chamber Decision on the Situation in Afghanistan: A Few Thoughts on the Interests of Justice’, EJIL: Talk!, 18 April 2019
- Dapo Akande and Talita de Souza Dias, Does the ICC Statute Remove Immunities of State Officials in National Proceedings? Some Observations from the Drafting History of Article 27(2) of the Rome Statute, EJIL: Talk!, 12 November 2018
- Talita de Souza Dias, “The ‘Security Council Route’ to the Derogation from Personal Head of State Immunity in the Al-Bashir Case: How Explicit must Security Council Resolutions be?”‘, EJIL: Talk!, 19 September 2018
- Talita de Souza Dias, ‘Propaganda and Accountability for International Crimes in the Age of Social Media: Revisiting Accomplice Liability in International Criminal Law’, Opinio Juris, 4 April 2018