WFLS 2020 Gala Honoring Meg Kinnear

February 13, 2020

The Army and Navy Club | 901 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Sponsored by: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Ethiopian Airlines, George Washington University Law School, Georgetown Law Center, Holland & Knight LLP, K&L GATES LLP, KNP Law, Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C., Milbank LLP, Muir Patent Law, White & Case LLP, WilmerHale

The Washington Foreign Law Society is pleased to announce that it will honor Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, at the Society’s upcoming Dinner Gala. Ms. Kinnear will receive the Harry LeRoy Jones Award for her distinguished contributions to advancing and strengthening the investor-state dispute settlement system.

The WFLS ows the Harry LeRoy Jones Award annually upon an honoree who promotes the rule of law–and international law in particular–and has a profound and lasting impact on institutions dedicated to justice, international law, or scholarship.

Carolyn B. Lamm, Partner, White & Case LLP, Chair International Disputes Americas; and Past President: DC Bar, American Bar Association; will introduce Ms. Kinnear.

Meg Kinnear is a Vice President of the World Bank Group and Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). As Secretary-General, she oversees a staff of 70 people, administering more than 300 investment arbitrations each year.

Ms. Kinnear was formerly the Senior General Counsel and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada. In November 2002, Ms. Kinnear was also named Chair of the Negotiating Group on Dispute Settlement for the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement. From October 1996 to April 1999, Ms. Kinnear was Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Justice of Canada.  Prior to this, Ms. Kinnear was Counsel at the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Department of Justice (from June 1984 to October 1996).

Ms. Kinnear is called to the Bar of Ontario (1984) and the Bar of the District of Columbia (1982).  She received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Queen’s University in 1978; a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from McGill University in 1981; and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia in 1982.

Ms. Kinnear is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ICSID Review, has published numerous articles on international investment law and procedure, and is a frequent speaker on these topics.  She is also a co-author of Investment Disputes under NAFTA (published in 2006 and updated in 2008 & 2009), Federal Court Practice (1988-1990, 1991-1992, and 1993-2009 annually) and 1995 Crown Liability and Proceedings Act Annotated (1994).

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The WFLS will also be owing the Ibrahim Shihata Prize as part of the ceremony.  The Ibrahim Shihata Prize was established in honor of the late Dr. Ibrahim Shihata, former World Bank General Counsel, past recipient of the WFLS Harry Leroy Jones Award, and revered member of the Washington and international legal communities, to promote and recognize serious student scholarship in the United States and Canada in the area of Islamic jurisprudence and related legal developments in the Muslim World.  This year’s recipient of the Ibrahim Shihata Prize is Ms. Aisha Saad, currently the Bartlett Fellow and Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School and the American University in Cairo, for her article The Corporate WAQF in Law and in Practice, 10 Berk. J. Middle E. & Islamic L. 1 (2019).

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THE WFLS THANKS THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE GALA

GOLD SPONSORS

ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER LLP

 

SILVER SPONSORS

COVINGTON & BURLING LLP

GEORGETOWN LAW CENTER

 

HOLLAND & KNIGHT LLP

 

LAW OFFICES OF CHARLES H. CAMP, P.C.

 

MILBANK LLP

 

WHITE & CASE LLP

 

WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP

 

ANNUAL SPONSORS

THE GEORGE WASHING UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL

 

OTHER SPONSORS

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

 

K&L GATES LLP

 

KNP LAW

 

MUIR PATENT LAW

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Brad Edelman

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