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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