Biography

Talita is a DPhil student in the areas of Public International Law and International Criminal Law. Her doctoral research focusses on the Principle of Legality in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. In particular, she will be looking at the issues raised by the retroactive application of the Rome Statute in situations referred by the UN Security Council and those originating from states’ ah doc declarations.

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, the Principal’s Prize and Archibald Jackson Prize for Academic Excellence, both awarded by Somerville College, Oxford. Her MJur Dissertation has led to the article “‘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”, which will be published by the Leiden Journal of International Law in March 2017.

In 2015/2016, Talita worked as a legal intern for Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia at the International Criminal Court, 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 (ORIL), an online database of law reports in all areas of Public International Law offered by Oxford University Press (OUP). 

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 (Bachelor of Laws) 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 doctoral research 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. For the past two years, Talita has also been involved in the activities of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group (OTJR). 

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Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Private International Law

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