Federica D’Alessandra is a Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow, where she is affiliated with the program on Transitional Justice. She is the co-leader of the Carr Center Study Group with Luis Moreno Ocampo, and is part of the Center’s team concerned with the Cost and Consequences of US Torture. Prior to becoming a fellow, Federica was affiliated with the Mass Atrocity Response Operations program.
At Harvard, her research focuses on violations of the international laws regulating the use of force, during and leading to an armed conflict. Federica’s research interest is the interaction between international law and politics, with an eye for the role of diplomacy in international security, as well as prevention, deterrence, and accountability for mass atrocity crimes. She was a Carr Center Fellow from 2014 to 2016.
Federica’s work is part of a broader effort to bridge gaps in accountability for international crimes. She is member of an Expert Group working to enhance the cooperation of fact-finding mechanisms and international tribunals, and a consortium of partners set to produce a Human Rights Documentation Toolkit for use by civil societies. Her work is concerned with first-respondents, and their operation in the context of ongoing mass atrocity crimes. She coordinated the production of Investigations Protocols for civil societies according to international criminal evidentiary standards (launched at the latest Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute) and a forthcoming Handbook on the investigation of core international crimes.