Dr Thiago Alves Pinto

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Departmental Lecturer in Legal Studies and Diplomatic Studies

Director of Studies in Religion and Theology


Thiago Alves Pinto holds an LLB (Hons.) from Centro Universitário Curitiba (Brazil), a master's degree in International Human Rights Law from Åbo Akademi University (Finland), and a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford. He is currently a Departmental Lecturer in Legal Studies and Diplomatic Studies and the Director of Studies in Religion and Theology at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

He has taught at several universities, including the University of Oxford, the University of Oslo, the Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil), Bauchi State University (Nigeria), and the University of Notre Dame (UK). Thiago has also participated in human rights research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (University of Oxford) and the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief (University of Oslo), and continues to be associated with both institutes. He is also a fellow of Kellogg College.

Thiago has also been actively involved with NGOs, Think Tanks, as well as national and international organisations, having worked in different capacities with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO, the International Organization for Migration, the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and Chatham House. He currently serves as an Advisory Member of the ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Research interests

Thiago’s research focuses on how international human rights courts and treaty bodies have addressed issues of blasphemy, apostasy, and censorship of expressions deemed offensive to religious belief. He has researched a wide range of public international law and human rights issues, including freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, privacy, prohibition of torture, the right to life, and non-discrimination. He has also published on matters related to international organisations, as well as on the intersection between international humanitarian law & human rights, business & human rights, and law & religion.


Journal articles

Thiago Alves Pinto, 'An Empirical Investigation of the Use of Limitations to Freedom of Religion or Belief at the European Court of Human Rights' (2020) 15 Religion & Human Rights 96

Thiago Alves Pinto and Rodrigo Vitorino Souza Alves, 'Investigations on the Use of Limitations to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Brazil' (2020) 15 Religion & Human Rights 77

Nazila Ghanea and Thiago Alves Pinto, 'Limitations to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Theory and Practice' (2020) 15 Religion & Human Rights 1

Juan Pablo Perez-Leon Acevedo and Thiago Alves Pinto, 'Enforcing Freedom of Religion or Belief in Cases Involving Attacks Against Buildings Dedicated to Religion: The Al Mahdi Case at the International Criminal Court' (2019) 37 Berkeley Journal of International Law 437


Thiago Alves Pinto, The Role of the Private Sector in Protecting Civic Space (Chatham House 2021) 

Malcolm Evans, Javaid Rehman, Fabio Petito, Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality (All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief 2017) [contributor]

Iginio Gagliardone, Danit Gal and Thiago Alves Pinto, Countering Online Hate Speech (UNESCO 2015)

Ronald Gamarra Herrera , Sofía García Carpio, Juan Pablo Pérez-León Acevedo, Reporte Ciudadano sobre el delito de trata de personas en agravio de niños, niñas y adolescentes (IPRODES 2014) [contributor]

Case notes

Thiago Alves Pinto, 'Avilkina and others v Russia' (2014) 3 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 181 [Case Note]

Juan Pablo Perez-Leon Acevedo and Thiago Alves Pinto, 'Correspondents’ Reports, Peru' (2011) 14 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 1 [Case Note]

Book review

Thiago Alves Pinto, 'Freedom from Religion' (2011) 5 Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte 164

Online publications

Nazila Ghanea and Thiago Alves Pinto, 'Parliamentarians and Freedom of Religion or Belief' (2020) OxHRH Blog

Thiago Alves Pinto, '"GamerGate" and Gendered Hate Speech' (2014) OxHRH