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Professor Laplante, Student Delegation Participate in International Law Gathering
Students and Professor Laplante at the meeting.

International Law Society Members Benefit from “Hot-Button” Discussions

May 10, 2017: New England Law | Boston’s strong presence at the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) annual 111th annual meeting in Washington included Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy, and a contingent from the law school’s International Law Society.

“ASIL’s annual meeting featured keynote addresses by leading figures in international law, more than 40 substantive panels on a wide variety of international law topics, and numerous networking events,” said Professor Laplante. “From climate change and sustainable development to human rights, cybersecurity, and Internet governance, the meeting covered the full range of hot-button international law topics. These are of great interest and importance to future international law practitioners.”

Since its founding in 1906, ASIL has been the preeminent scholarly society in the international law field. Its publications, conferences, and research and educational programs have advanced the study and use of international law as a cornerstone of a just and peaceful world.

Professor Laplante co-chairs ASIL’s Transitional Justice – Rule of Law Interest Group, focused on justice and transition issues in fragile states, post-conflict, and post-repressive regime societies. Transitional Justice and Rule of Law represent two interrelated legal and political frames within which to assess and operationalize social change.  At the annual meeting she co-moderated a roundtable discussion, “Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Repetition: Taking Stock of Two Decades of Transitional Justice Mechanisms around the World.”

“Prevention and guarantees of non-repetition are fundamental pillars of transitional justice work in countries aiming to address mass violence and atrocity,” said Professor Laplante. “While the speakers agreed that they remain important, the conversation underlined the need to study whether transitional justice truly delivers these lofty goals.”

Rachel DeCapita ’17, Ashlyn Castoe ’19, Nicole Gabree ’17, Meigan Goff ’17, Laura Flynn ’18, and Laura Melendez ’18 are members of the International Law Society, an association of students and young lawyers dedicated to the study and promotion of international law. DeCapita was the society’s delegate to the meeting and the others had the honor of serving as ASIL volunteers.