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.

May 30, 2012 Special Breakfast Program on CFIUS Featuring Treasury Department’s Mark Jaskowiak

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.…

May 23, 2012 Gala Dinner Honoring Senator George J. Mitchell

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. …

November 1, 2011 Reception Honoring Japan

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. …

October 25, 2011 WFLS and ABA Breakfast on Careers in International Anti-Corruption

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. …

October 24, 2011 World Bank Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Efforts

The Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the World Bank presented a panel discussion on Monday, October 24, at 8:30 am on the Bank’s sanctions system, including the role of the Integrity Vice Presidency, the Sanctions Evaluation and Suspension Officers, and the Sanctions Board in determining whether the evidence is sufficient to support a finding that a firm or individual engaged in sanctionable misconduct, whether sanctions are appropriate, as of what point the company will be temporarily suspended, and how sanctions are determined by the Evaluation and Suspension Officers and how they may be appealed to the Sanctions Board.…

September 21, 2011 Washington Foreign Law Society Annual Garden Party

On September 21, 2011, the Washington Foreign Law Society held its annual Garden Party and membership meeting.  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.   …

July 20, 2011 After the Protests: Supporting Democratic Transitions in the Middle East

The interim governments in Egypt and Tunisia have promised transitions to democratic rule and the Tunisian and Egyptian people have embraced the opportunity for reform.  They have begun to form new associations to address the many needs facing their country as it transitions to democracy. …

June 29, 2011 Rule of Law in Conflict Zones – A Discussion with Brigadier General Tom Ayres

Brigadier General Tom Ayres, Assistant Judge Advocate for Military Law Operations for the United States Army, explored the legal apparatus behind U.S. military “stability operations” and its role in the development of the “rule of law” in post-conflict Iraq and Afghanistan.…

May 18, 2011 Gender Violence & State Accountability

Carolyn Lamm, a Partner at White & Case, Immediate Past-President of the American Bar and the current ABA representative to the United Nations, was the featured speaker at the event “Gender Violence & State Accountability,” hosted by the Washington Foreign Law Society.…

April 28, 2011 WFLS Annual Gala

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) was delighted to award Mr. William H. Neukom the Society’s annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for his important work in advancing the rule of law. The award was given at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC.…

March 28, 2011 Embassy Roundtable: A Conversation with Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan

Trade and investment, migration, and border security are just some of the factors critical to the relationship between the United States and Mexico.   We are delighted that the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, shared his thoughts on these and other issues.…

March 15, 2011 WFLS/ASIL CLE INSTITUTE: “Revisiting ICSID Annulment — The Twin Challenges of Finality and Correctness”

In recent years, losing parties in investor-state arbitrations brought under the framework of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) have increasingly sought to have adverse decisions annulled by ad hoc Committees.…

November 1, 2010 Reception Honoring Australia

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser were pleased to honor Australia at this year’s annual reception at the State Department. The event was held in the stunning and historic diplomatic reception rooms at the U.S.…

October 14, 2010 Luncheon on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

The WFLS hosted a discussion with two of the Administration’s top experts on the international resettlement of refugees into the United States.  Every year the United States admits over 70,000 refugees from around the world for permanent resettlement in the United States. …

June 25, 2010 Luncheon on Climate Change featuring Susan Biniaz

The Washington Foreign Law Society held a luncheon in June featuring Susan Biniaz, Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, co-hosted by Arnold & Porter LLP.  Ms. Biniaz addressed the topic of ”Climate Change: An update on international negotiations, Copenhagen, and prospects for this year.”  Susan Biniaz has been the State Department’s lead climate change lawyer for the last 20 years and is considered to be the Obama Administration’s top international lawyer handling these issues.  …

May 19, 2010 Luncheon: International Crisis — International or National Solutions?

Join us for a WFLS Luncheon Discussion featuring His Excellency Dr. Wendelin Ettmayer, Former Ambassador of Austria, “International Crisis — International or National Solutions?” 12 noon to 2 p.m. The City Club of Washington Columbia Square Location 555 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 2000   This is a plated luncheon.  …

May 3, 2010 You Be The Judge: Cross-Cultural Issues in the Courts

In recognition of Law Day 2010, WFLS co-hosted an event presented by the Law Library of Congress You Be The Judge: Cross-Cultural Issues in the Courts.  This event was free and open to the public.
Noon to 2pm
Mumford Room
Madison Building
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave.…

April 5, 2010 Luncheon: Update on Iraq Reconstruction

On April 5, 2010, Mr. Stuart Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), delivered his first-hand account entitled, “Update on Iraq Reconstruction,” at the City Club of Washington.   The talk prompted a fascinating discussion of the reconstruction efforts in Iraq and their legal implications.  …

February 4, 2010 WFLS Annual Meeting

On February 4, 2010, WFLS members and those interested in joining the Society gathered for the WFLS 2010 Annual Meeting, followed by a reception.  The event was hosted by Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Official business included nominations and voting for 2010 Members of the WFLS Board of Governors, Honorary Board Members, and Officers of the Board.  …

November 19, 2009 Armenia-Turkey Protocols: Reality and Myths

A Policy Forum Armenia in collaboration with The George Washington University International and Comparative Law Program.…
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