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Lisa J. Laplante
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Areas of Expertise
  • Women's Rights
  • Transitional Justice
  • Remedies
  • Refugees
  • Postconflict Reconstruction
  • International Law
  • Human Rights
  • Compliance Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Business and Human Rights

Lisa J. Laplante

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


BA Brown University
MEd University of Massachusetts Amherst
JD New York University School of Law

Professional Background

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 University (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.

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Selected Publications

Human Torts, 39 Cardozo Law Review (2017)

Negotiating Reparations Rights: The Participatory and Symbolic Quotients, 19 Buffalo Law Review (2012)

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

Mediating Post-Conflict Dialogue: The Media’s Role in Transitional Justice Processes, 93 Marquette Law Review 203 (2009) (with Kelly Phenicie)

Outlawing Amnesty: The Return of Criminal Justice in Transitional Justice Schemes, 49 Virginia Journal of International Law 915 (2009)

Out of the Conflict Zone: The Business and Development Case for Community Consent Processes in the Extractive Sector, 11 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 69 (2008) (with Suzanne Spears)

On the Indivisibility of Rights: Truth Commissions, Reparations and the Right to Development, 10 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 141 (2007)

The Law of Remedies and the Clean Hands Doctrine: Exclusionary Reparation Policies in Peru’s Political Transition, 23 American University International Law Review 51 (2007)

Transitional Justice in Times of Conflict: Colombia’s Ley de Justicia y Paz, 28 Michigan Journal of International Law 49 (2006) (with Kimberly Theidon).