Profile of Invited Expert “de Souza Dias”

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Full Name
Talita de Souza Dias, DPhil Candidate (Oxon), MJur (Oxon), LLB (UFPE)
Tutor in Public International Law and International Criminal Law
Balliol College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Talita is a DPhil candidate in the fields of Public International Law and International Criminal Law. Her doctoral research focuses how the principles of legality and fair labelling have been applied in International Criminal Law generally and in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She has published in some of the leading international law journals, such as the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Leiden Journal of International Law. In 2015, she obtained her Magister Juris (MJur) degree from Oxford with Distinction. She was also awarded the Clifford Chance Prize for Best Overall Performance in the MJur, the Law Faculty Prize for Best Exam Paper in International Law and Armed Conflict, and other college prizes. In 2015/2016, Talita worked as a legal intern at the ICC, under the sponsorship of the Oxford Global Justice Internship Program and the Planethood Foundation. In 2016, she also worked as a Case Reporter for the Oxford Reports on International Law. In 2017/2018, she was the co-convenor of the Oxford Public International Law (PIL) Discussion Group. Talita has previously worked as a Law Clerk in Criminal Law for a High Court Judge in the Courts of Justice of Pernambuco, Brazil, and as a legal intern for a Federal Prosecutor in Brazil. She did her undergraduate studies in Law (LLB) at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and a one-year academic exchange program in Public International Law at Sciences Po-Lille (Lille, France) and at the Law Faculty of Université Pierre-Mendès (Grenoble, France). Talita’s doctorate is supervised by Professor Dapo Akande and funded by the Law Faculty’s Roy Goode Scholarship, the Graduate Assistance Fund Scholarship, and the Planethood Foundation. She is also a Tutor in International Criminal Law and Public International Law at the University of Oxford.

Selected Citations to Published Materials
  • Talita de Souza Dias, “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 J. Int’l L. 731 (Sep. 2017), paywall, doi.
  • Talita de Souza Dias, 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 J. Int’l Crim. Just. 65 (Mar. 1, 2018), paywall, doi.


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