Biography

Talita de Souza Dias

Talita de Souza Dias

Postdoctoral Fellow (ELAC)

Dr Talita Dias is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (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 (Oxon) and a Seminar Leader in Law and Public Policy on the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. She has recently been 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 (Oxon, 2019) looked at the principles of legality and fair labelling in international criminal law, whilst her MJur dissertation (Oxon, 2015) focused 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. It has been published in the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice (see 'The nature of the Rome Statute and the place of international law before the International Criminal Court'  and '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'), the International Criminal Law Review, the Journal of Conflict and Security Law and the Human Rights Law Review (forthcoming).

In 2015, she obtained her MJur degree with distinction. She was also awarded the Clifford Chance Prize for Best Overall Performance in the programme, the Law Faculty Prize for Best Exam Paper in International Law and 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 Programme and the Planethood Foundation. In 2017/2018, she co-convened the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group.

Talita 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).

Contact

talita.desouzadias@balliol.ox.ac.uk