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Dr Talita de Souza Dias

Roles and subjects

Shaw Foundation Junior Research Fellow in Law

Contact

talita.desouzadias@jesus.ox.ac.uk

Academic background

LLB (UFPE), MJur (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

I am particularly interested in the international law and policy surrounding new technologies, including information and communications technologies and artificial intelligence. My research and policy work have covered a variety of topical issues ranging from dis- and misinformation, online hate speech, propaganda, recommendation algorithms and harmful cyber operations, under different international and domestic legal frameworks. I am the principal investigator of two research projects: Just Speech (on the international law and policy of online hate speech) and Beat the Algorithm (aiming to design new regulatory and computational models for recommendation algorithms consistently with international human rights law).

Before joining Jesus College, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), a research programme based at the Blavatnik School of Government. There, I co-led the Cyber Due Diligence Project, sponsored by the Government of Japan. I remain affiliated with ELAC as a Research Fellow, working mostly on the Oxford Process on International Law Protections in Cyberspace, a partnership with Microsoft.

Since 2020, I have taught law and international law & public policy on the Blavatnik School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme. Between 2019-2022, taught Criminal Law for Law Undergraduates at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where I was also a Junior Research Fellow in 2020-2021. In October 2019, I was appointed Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I completed my DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford and my thesis (forthcoming as a book with Brill in June 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. In 2014/15, I obtained a Magister Juris (MJur) degree from the University of Oxford with distinction, having been awarded the Clifford Chance Prize for best overall performance on the programme. My MJur dissertation looked at prosecutorial discretion at the International Criminal Court.

My research has been published, among others, in International Law Studies, 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 2015/2016, I worked for Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia at the International Criminal Court, sponsored by Oxford Global Justice Internship Program. I have previously worked as a Criminal and Family Law Clerk in Brazil. I completed my undergraduate studies in Law at the Federal University of Pernambuco with a year abroad in France, where I attended Sciences Po (Lille) and Université Pierre-Mendès (Grenoble).

Undergraduate teaching areas

Criminal Law and Public International Law

Postgraduate teaching areas

International Criminal Law, International Law and Public Policy, Principles of Law and Public Policy

Research interests

Online Hate Speech; Dis- and Misinformation; Information Operations; The Regulation of New Technologies, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law; Due Diligence; Atrocity Prevention; Accountability for Atrocity Crimes and Human Rights Violations.

 

Links

Faculty website profile.

Just Speech Project website.

Oxford Process Project micro-site.