WFLS News

Keep up with the latest news and events from the Washington Foreign Law Society.

Video: WFLS and Stimson Center Discussion: “The Nuke Ban Treaty: Now What?”
May 17, 2018

In July, 2017, 122 states voiced support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will enter into force 90 days after 50 states ratify it. However, none of world’s nuclear power states signed on, which poses the questions: how effective can the treaty be and how can one of its main goals, complete nuclear disarmament, be achieved through further treaty developments or other efforts?

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center hosted an on-the-record discussion on the prospects of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on December 6, 2017 at the Stimson Center’s office in Washington, DC.… Read More »

First Look! Compliance Update on the Newly-Effective EU General Data Protection Regulation
March 10, 2018

As of April 25, just one month before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, more than half of the companies surveyed by KPMG Global Legal Services reported they were not in compliance and less than 10% felt confident employees at their organization were fully aware of the new requirements imposed by the law.

The Washington Foreign Law Society invites you to a timely discussion on the GDPR, which introduces new obligations for those who collect or use the personal information of people located in the EU, and will have a broad reach to compel compliance from many firms not located in the EU.… Read More »

WFLS Announces Next Installment of Embassy Roundtable Series; Bulgarian Ambassador to Discuss Presidency of the EU Council
March 6, 2018

WFLS will join His Excellency, Tihomir Stoytchev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria for a discussion on Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

For six months, Bulgaria will be the lead administrator in the EU decision-making process.  At a time when the EU confronts many challenges, the Presidency of the Council of the EU has even greater significance – and not just for Europe.  We are delighted that Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev has agreed to share his thoughts on Bulgaria’s vision for the EU, and the successes and challenges so far in implementing Bulgaria’s key priorities in this short, six-month period.Read More »

Diplomatic Reception Honoring the French Republic
March 16, 2017

On February 7, WFLS held its landmark diplomatic reception honoring the French Republic in front of an audience of more than 200 attendees. For the first time in the history of the Society, the President of WFLS’ board of governors was a national of the country honored. After welcoming words from our President, he acting Legal Adviser, Richard Visek introduced the honoree, Ambassador Araud’s, whose remark were heartfelt. Thanks to the Embassy’s generosity, we enjoyed good music and wonderful champagne. The catering stepped up to the challenge raised by the country honored and the law library of the Library of Congress gratified us with a beautiful exhibition of manuscripts.…

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WFLS Awards Homer E. Moyer, Jr., with the Harry LeRoy Jones Award
November 16, 2016

Below is the acceptance speech of Homer E. Moyer, Jr., of Miller & Chevalier, who received the Harry LeRoy Jones Award at the Washington Foreign Law Society’s Annual Dinner Gala on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Mr. Moyer was the co-founder and chair for twelve years of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which provides technical legal assistance to emerging democracies of the former Soviet bloc.  Former Attorney General Janet Reno called CEELI “the worthiest pro bono project that American lawyers have ever undertaken.”

He also founded the CEELI Institute, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, and has served on the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative’s board since its inception.  … Read More »

iHL: Human Rights, Law, and Security in the Information Age
February 19, 2016

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, WFLS co-sponsored an event at American University Washington College of Law on Human Rights, Law and Security in the Information Age, during which Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State Tom Malinowski presented American University Washington College of Law with a certificate of appreciation “for supporting international efforts to promote the Rule of Law and Legal Education through the contribution of more than 2,500 legal textbooks to Law Students and Legal Professionals in Uzbekistan.” Dean Claudio Grossman accepted the certificate of appreciation on behalf of the AUWCL community.

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One Year After Charlie
February 9, 2016

On January 6, 2016, Washington Foreign Law Society, the Newseum Institute and Reporters Without Borders hosted a discussion of the worldwide impact on a free press and free expression after the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff on Jan. 7, 2015, and on the public at multiple sites in Paris eleven months later.
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