Biography

Federica D’Alessandra

Federica D’Alessandra

Executive Director, Programme on International Peace and Security

Federica D’Alessandra is the founding Executive Director of the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security at the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government's Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC). She is also Academic Affiliate of the Oxford Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, a member of the Steering Committee of the Oxford Network of Peace Studies, and an Adviser to the Harvard Sustainable Peace Initiative, and the Ferencz International Justice Initiative at the Simon Skjodt Center for Genocide Prevention. Prior to joining Oxford, Federica held various appointments at Harvard University, including at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and at the Harvard Law School.

Federica often serves as Counsel and Adviser to government and international organisations on matters of international law and policy ranging from the legality of the use of force by States, to arbitration and the settlement of disputes, and the enforcement and maintenance of international peace and security, including the promotion of human rights and humanitarian law, the protection of civilians in armed conflict, and the prevention and deterrence of atrocity crimes, including by means of international criminal justice. Federica is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association War Crimes Committee, Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Law Committee, a member of the International Bar Association Council of the Section on Public and Professional Interest, and a member of the American Society of International Law. She also regularly consults with Defence, Intelligence, and Foreign Policy agencies, and has served on a number of expert panels, most recently on the harmonisation of atrocity prevention mechanisms, and on the cross-sectorial standardisation of best practices to investigate and prosecute atrocities. She is the host of the popular International Bar Association interview series “Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century”.

Federica has been recognised by Forbes magazine one of “30 Under 30” leaders with “the likelihood of changing the field of law and policy over the next half-century” (2017), and among the “Most Influential European Thinkers” (Forbes Italy, 2018). In 2018, she was named as one of 18 “Italians of the year” by the Italian Journalistic Agency (AGI). In 2015, she was the recipient of the William Reece Jr Award by LexisNexis and the International Bar Association in recognition of her work to improve the civil society’s capacity to document international crimes and engage international criminal justice mechanisms. 

Federica is a graduate of Milan’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Utrecht Universiteit, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She also studied at the Université Paris Sorbonne, and hold degrees in Law, Criminology, and Political Science. She is the recipient of a number of academic grants and scholarship, including the “Huygens Fellowship”, awarded by Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of Education to the top 5% most promising researchers in the Netherlands (2011-2012). 

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