Past Events

The Society hosts monthly luncheons from September through May at which speakers from foreign countries, the US Government, international institutions, and private practice address topics of current interest in the international arena.  The Society also organizes several signature events each year including the WFLS Embassy Roundtable, the WFLS Annual Dinner Gala, the WFLS Diplomatic Reception, and a spring Annual Meeting and Garden Party.

January 15, 2014 Land Tenure: The Foundation for Economic Development

Land, property, construction and development constitute a significant portion of the gross domestic product of many nations, especially developing countries. But what happens when a country’s laws don’t provide secure land rights?…

December 4, 2013 2013 U.S.-China Legal Exchange: Chinese Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Law And Legal Aspects of Entreprenuership in China

This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities in three U.S. cities to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape.…

December 2, 2013 BG Group v. Argentina: The Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court Today

On December 2, 2013, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first ever investment arbitration case to come before the Court. Prof. George Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School, and Chief Reporter for the forthcoming American Law Institute, Restatement (Third) of the United States Law of International Commercial Arbitration and Ignacio Suarez Anzorena, Partner, Clifford Chance and formerly Abogado, Procuración del Tesoro de la Nación, Solicitor General’s Office, Republic of Argentina, will discuss the case and oral argument the very same day, mere moments after the argument has ended.…

November 19, 2013 The Future of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership

On November 19, 2013, the American Society of International Law, will host a panel discussion of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative. The Partnership, which encompasses the former-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, seeks to strengthen the relationship between the EU and its Eastern neighbors through economic cooperation and political reforms.…

November 15, 2013 New Rules to Combat Human Trafficking in Federal Contracts

Please join Arnold & Porter LLP, the Professional Services Council and the Washington Foreign Law Society for a special breakfast program to discuss the new proposed Anti-Human Trafficking rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that will affect federal contractors and subcontractors both in the U.S.…

November 14, 2013 Reception to Honor The Kingdom of Denmark

Registration is now open for the Washington Foreign Law Society’s Reception to Honor The Kingdom of Denmark on the evening of November 14, 2013.
  • Tickets: $45
  • Students: $30
  • WFLS Members: $35
  • WFLS Student Members: $20
WFLS Members and Student Members will receive a coupon code via e-mail.

November 6, 2013 How to Get a Job in International Law

Join the WBA International Law Forum for a panel discussion on how to get international law jobs at various types of employers. The discussion will address not just career paths, but how to approach each type of employer for international law positions.…

October 25, 2013 U.S. Export Controls Reform: A Discussion with Matthew Borman

Message Regarding This Event: Today’s luncheon will feature Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Control.  His bio is available at: http://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/about-bis/27-about-bis/20-matthew-s-borman

October 18, 2013 *RESCHEDULED* U.S. Export Controls Reform: A Discussion with Kevin Wolf

This event has been moved to October 25.  Please register under the October 25 event.  Kevin Wolf, Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, will discuss the ongoing implementation of major changes to the nation’s export control system, as well as the implications for industries and practitioners alike. …

October 15, 2013 International Professional Development and the White House Fellows Program

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the American Society of International Law will host a unique opportunity to learn about the White House Fellows experience and application process from a former fellow and current ASIL member. Ziad Haider is an attorney at White & Case LLP in its international arbitration practice.…

October 3, 2013 Fall Happy Hour

Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society Board of Governors for a happy hour on October 3 at KABIN Lounge in Dupont Circle. This event will start at 7:00 p.m. and will feature two hours of drink specials ($5 beer, $6 house wine, and $6 rail drinks).…

September 24, 2013 Washington Foreign Law Society Annual Garden Party

The Washington Foreign Law Society’s Annual Garden Party will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Garden Room at Arnold & Porter LLP. This event is free for WFLS Members, $20 for non-members, and $15 for students.…

July 31, 2013 Global Cybersecurity Risks – What Lawyers and Clients Need to Know

Criminals, terrorists, and nation-states pose significant risk to the private as well as the public sector. Banks, media outlets, trade associations, NGOs, and corporations as well as government entities around the world have suffered cyber attacks.…

July 18, 2013 Security as a Threat to Liberty? Privacy and Internet Law in the Aftermath of the NSA Revelation

Registration for this event has closed. The Washington Foreign Law Society and Hogan Lovells LLP invite you to join us for a breakfast discussion on privacy, security, and the implications of the recent NSA leaks. The Snowden disclosures about alleged NSA operations have raised questions about the privacy of personal data held by Internet and telecom companies.…

June 11, 2013 Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: What is the future of the Alien Tort Statute?

Registration for this event has closed. In the past 20 years, plaintiffs’ lawyers have used the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to file lawsuits against multinational corporations alleging serious human rights abuses. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell the Supreme Court significantly limited the jurisdictional reach of the ATS.…

June 4, 2013 Washington Foreign Law Society Gala Honors IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

Registration for this event has closed. The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) is pleased to announce that it will honor Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, at the Society’s upcoming annual Gala dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, on Tuesday evening, June 4, beginning at 7:00 p.m. …

May 29, 2013 ASIL-UNA Series Part 3: Support for the Syrian Insurgency: What UN and International Norms Apply?

What legal constraints does the United States face in providing greater support to Syrian insurgents? Does it make a difference if the support, without Syrian government consent or UN Security Council approval, comes in the form of provision of non-lethal assistance to the rebels or the supply of arms or the establishment of a no-fly zone?…

May 6, 2013 Between a Rock and a Hard Case: Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea

The Stimson Center and the Washington Foreign Law Society invite you to a discussion of the battle among South China Sea neighbors – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and China – centered on the Philippines’ initiation of a cause against China under the U.N.…

April 26, 2013 ASIL-UNA Series Part 2: The Use of Force Against a Nuclear Threat from Iran

Assuming efforts to achieve a negotiated resolution do not succeed, President Obama has made clear that the military option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons remains on the table. Under what circumstance would the exercise of that option be consistent with domestic and international law?…

April 18, 2013 The Eritrea/Ethiopia Claims Commission: What Are The Lessons Learnt For Future Claims Commissions?

The ASIL International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group in cosponsorship with the Howard M. Holtzmann Research Center for the Study of International Arbitration and Conciliation and Washington Foreign Law Society will host a special event in conjunction with the book launch for Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission by Sean D.…
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