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 Lisa J. Laplante

Lisa J. Laplante

Associate Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Law and Policy

B.A., Brown University
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst
J.D. New York University School of Law

Professor Laplante joined the New England Law faculty in 2013-2014, and she teaches Business and Human Rights, Public International Law, Torts, and Transitional Justice.

She spent almost six years as a human rights lawyer and researcher in Peru. She has provided legal counsel to victims bringing complaints to the Inter-American Human Rights System. She was also a researcher with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as a grantee of the Notre Dame University Transitional Justice Program. She co-founded the Praxis Institute for Social Justice, where she served as deputy director.  At Praxis, she oversaw multi-sited research projects and also directed a trial monitoring project of the human rights trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori (, a project funded by the Open Society Institute.  Before her work in Peru, she was a Furman Fellow with Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First) in New York.

Professor Laplante was visiting assistant professor and Richard D. Tulisano Human Rights Fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2011-2012, and was a research fellow there in 2012-2013. She also served in 2012-2013 as the interim director of the University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, working in consultation with Senator Christopher Dodd.
Prior academic posts include a visiting assistant professorship at Marquette University Law School (2008-2011) and was a fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science at Princeton (2007-2008). 

Her primary research and teaching interests are transitional justice, human rights, remedies and torts.  In 2015, Professor Laplante was elected co-chair of the American Society of International Law's Transitional Justice and Rule of Law interest group.

Learn about New England Law's International Law concentration.

Selected Publications

Human Torts, 39 Cardozo Law Review (12017)
Social Science Research Network

Negotiating Reparations Rights: The Participatory and Symbolic Quotients, 19 Buff. L. Rev. (2012)

The Domestication of International Criminal Law: A Proposal for Expanding the International Criminal Court’s Sphere of Influence, 43 J. Marshall L. Rev. 681 (2010)

Mediating Post-Conflict Dialogue: The Media’s Role in Transitional Justice Processes, 93 Marq. L. Rev. 203 (2009) (with Kelly Phenicie)

Outlawing Amnesty: The Return of Criminal Justice in Transitional Justice Schemes, 49 Va. J. Int'l L. 915 (2009)

Out of the Conflict Zone: The Business and Development Case for Community Consent Processes in the Extractive Sector, 11 Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J. 69 (2008) (with Suzanne Spears)

On the Indivisibility of Rights: Truth Commissions, Reparations and the Right to Development, 10 Yale Hum. Rts. & Dev. L.J. 141 (2007)

The Law of Remedies and the Clean Hands Doctrine: Exclusionary Reparation Policies in Peru’s Political Transition, 23 Am. U. Int'l L. Rev. 51 (2007)

Transitional Justice in Times of Conflict: Colombia’s Ley de Justicia y Paz, 28 Mich. J. Int'l L. 49 (2006) (with Kimberly Theidon).

Professor Laplante can comment on the following subjects:

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • Remedies
  • Transitional Justice