Lisa Laplante, new director of the Center for International Law and Policy
Remedies scholar, former human rights lawyer, is building on CILP's strengths
(Boston, 9/20/13) New England Law | Boston: Lisa Laplante has joined the faculty as associate professor of law and director of the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP). The former human rights lawyer was a researcher with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a co-founder of the Praxis Institute for Social Justice, and she writes on international law and justice topics.
Through CILP, students have collaborated with faculty members to research, analyze, and provide resource documents on topics ranging from CIA renditions in Europe to intergovernmental peacekeeping accountability and international discrimination against women. CILP also provides students the opportunity to participate in overseas externships.
“I have been very impressed by the high level of interest and enthusiasm at New England Law | Boston for the subject of international law,” says Laplante. “As soon as I arrived, students approached me to learn more about how to become involved in international law projects. I am enjoying working with such bright and committed individuals.”
One of CILP’s newest endeavors involves students in researching domestic legal mechanisms for holding businesses accountable for human rights violations. New England Law is one of a handful of law schools to be invited to participate in the nationwide project, sponsored by International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and EarthRights International.
“A team of students have already been assembled to begin that work, which should continue for the coming years,” says Laplante. “Projects like this one build on CILP’s existing strengths, creating new and important opportunities for students.”
Laplante plans to collaborate with fellow faculty members to achieve a cross-disciplinary focus in areas such as private international law, corruption, and indigenous rights, among others. “I am very excited to have joined such a great academic community, and contributing to CILP’s position as a leading voice on contemporary issues in international law and policy.”
Laplante co-chairs the Boston Bar Association’s International Public Law, Policy, and Human Rights Committee, which has a particular focus on parts of the world that have witnessed longstanding conflict.
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 interim director of the University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, working in consultation with Senator Christopher Dodd to establish human rights programming.
Prior academic posts include a visiting assistant professorship at Marquette University Law School (2008-2011) and a fellowship with Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study (2007-2008), where she participated in the thematic program, “Rule of Law under Fire.”
At Praxis, she oversaw multi-sited research projects and also directed a trial monitoring project, funded by the Open Society Institute, of the human rights trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori.
Her primary research and teaching interests are human rights, transitional justice, remedies, and international law. “As a remedies scholar,” she says, “I seek to explore the challenges related to the enforcement of rights through civil and criminal sanctions at the national and international level in order to reveal the gap between theory and practice.”
Laplante received a B.A. degree from Brown University, an M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.