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).