Talita is a DPhil student in the fields of Public International Law and International Criminal Law. Her doctoral research focuses on the principles of legality and fair labelling in international criminal law and in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. In particular, she is looking at certain issues raised by the practice of 'recharacterisation' or 'reclassification' of criminal law, i.e. when a subsequent law is retroactively applied in substitution for the previously applicable one. One of the principal scenarios where this might occur is when the Rome Statute is retroactively applied in situations referred by the UN Security Council or those originating from ad hoc declarations by non-states parties. She has recently published two articles on those issues in the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Criminal Law Review.

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, the latter two 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 was published in April 2017 by the Leiden Journal of International Law.

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), and as a Research Assistant for Professors Dapo Akande and Miles Jackson. In 2017/2018, she was the co-convenor of the Public International Law (PIL) Discussion Group. 

Talita has previously worked as a Law Clerk in Criminal Law for an Appeals 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. She is also a Tutor in International Criminal Law and Public International Law.


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Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Criminal Law

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