Thiago holds an LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil) and a Master's Degree in International Human Rights Law from Abo Akademi University (Finland), where he graduated with honours eximia cum laude approbatur. He is currently in the final year of his DPhil in Law, researching on the topic of offence to religious belief in international human rights law. His research focuses on how international human rights courts have addressed issues of blasphemy, desecration, and censorship of expressions deemed offensive to religious belief.

Thiago has been actively involved with NGOs both at a national and international level. For this reason, he received a scholarship from the Norwegian Peace Corps to spend a year in Norway studying Cross-Cultural Communication (2007-2008). Thiago also did internships at the Office of the Public Defender in Brazil and with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Before starting his DPhil, Thiago worked for the International Organization for Migration in Finland, on counter-trafficking and development projects.

Thiago was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Human Rights Law (2015-17) and is currently a Human Rights Law tutor. He is also the secretary of the Oxford Society for Law and Religion.

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish


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  • Iginio Gagliardone, Danit Gal, Alves Pinto and Gabriela Martinez, Countering Online Hate Speech (UNESCO 2015)
    French version: Arabic version:
    ISBN: 978-92-3-100105-5
  • Alves Pinto, '"GamerGate" and Gendered Hate Speech' (2014) OxHRH
  • Alves Pinto, 'Avilkina and others v Russia' (2014) 3 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 181 [Case Note]
    DOI: 10.1093/ojlr/rwt049
  • Alves Pinto, 'Freedom from Religion' (2011) 5 Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte 164 [Review]


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Human Rights Law; Law and Religion; Public International Law; 

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Human Rights Law

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