Archives for Reminders
The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) held its annual Garden Party on June 21, 2012. The event brought together dozens of members of the WFLS community to socialize, discuss programs during the last year, and plan for the coming year. The year’s accomplishments thus far include the programming of seven events over the last six month period, which included collaborations with the World Bank, ASIL, ABA and others and distinguished guest panelists from the government, international NGO’s, the private sector and academia.…Read more »
The Washington Foreign Law Society and co-sponsors were pleased to present a special breakfast program with Mark Jaskowiak, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury Department. Mark discussed and answered questions about the process followed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in its reviews of transactions involving foreign investment in the United States.…Read more »
The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) awarded Senator George J. Mitchell the annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for Senator Mitchell’s role in advancing the rule of law in his extraordinary career as a legislator, diplomat, and leader. The award was presented at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, May 23, beginning at 7 pm. …Read more »
On March 1, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in cooperation with the Immigration & Human Rights Committee and the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the DC Bar International Law Section; the International Environmental Law Committee and the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law; the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; and the American Society of International Law presented a morning discussion on the Supreme Court oral arguments addressing the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) in Kiobel v.
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The Chinese government monitors use of the Internet, censors the content of information available online, and imposes firewalls to block access by Internet users to search engines and other websites. The purpose is to control the flow of information to Chinese citizens.…Read more »
On Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law International Anti-Money Laundering Committee; The World Bank; Transparency International- USA; and the ABA Section of International Law Anti-Corruption brought together a distinguished panel of practitioners to lead a substantive discussion on the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR); current efforts to track and trace misappropriated monies from former government officials such as former Tunisian president Ben Ali and former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak; the DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative that is now up and running tasked to identify, and recover, the proceeds of foreign official corruption through civil forfeiture; the strength and weaknesses of criminal and civil laws in pursuing the recovery of these assets in foreign jurisdictions; and cooperation and challenges in building these types of asset recovery cases. …Read more »
On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law International Anti-Money Laundering Committee; Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; George Washington University; Georgetown University Law – Asia; American University Washington College of Law Business Law Program and International Legal Studies Program; ABA Law Student Division; ABA Law Student, LLM & New Lawyer Outreach Committee (SIL); and ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee (SIL), presented an evening panel representing a broad spectrum of practitioners who are focused on anti-money laundering careers.…Read more »
The Lacey Act targets trafficking in illegally sourced wildlife, plants and plant products. Under the Act, for example, it is unlawful to import, sell, receive and purchase various products that were taken and exported in violation of foreign laws; violations can trigger both civil forfeiture and criminal penalties. Congress expanded the Lacey Act in 2008 to include certain “plant products,” including products made from wood, to address concerns primarily relating to illegal logging overseas, and to add a declaration requirement that applies to importers of plant products.…Read more »
On November 1, the Washington Foreign Law Society co-hosted its annual reception with Harold Koh, the Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State, in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. The honoree for the 2011 reception was Japan, and Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki accepted the honors in a keynote address to the more than 250 people in attendance. …Read more »
The Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Committee of The ABA Section of International Law and local D.C. law schools presented an expert panel on careers in international anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. The audience heard from practitioners from the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, international organizations, and private practice as they provide an update on international policy and enforcement trends of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws and discussed careers for lawyers working in these areas.…Read more »