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.
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.
Federica has also been and remains involved in practical policy work. She serves as the United Nations Representative for the Public International Law & Policy Group, acting as technical advisor to states and other entities in the negotiations of peace agreements, the drafting of post-conflict legislation, and the establishment of war crimes tribunals. She often works as an independent expert and advisor to governments, UN agencies and special procedures. Prior to joining Harvard, Federica worked as a humanitarian and policy advisor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, India, and Somalia.
Federica is an active member of the American Society of International Law and the International Bar Association. She holds a joint appointment as Co-Vice Chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee, and Secretary of the IBA Human Rights Law Committee. Within the IBA, she is leading an effort to set up a Working Group on the Use of Force, to analyze the status of the law surrounding the use, and gaps in accountability for violations thereof. Federica is the 2015 recipient of the LexisNexis sponsored IBA William Reece Smith Jr Award, and the host of the IBA interview series The Challenges of Human Rights in the 21st Century.
Federica is a graduate of the Universities of Milan (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit), Utrecht, and Paris-Sorbonne. She holds degrees in Law, Criminology, and International Relations. Her contributions to international law and policy can be read on the Oxford Reports on International Law (Oxford University Press), as well as other academic journals. Federica regularly writes for The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.it/federica-d-alessandra/. You can follow her on Twitter at @FDalessandra.