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.

November 13, 2019 Current Developments in International Commercial Arbitration: What Arbitrators, Attorneys and In-House Counsel Need to Know

The audience will have the opportunity to hear from the Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and distinguished academia members and practitioners on recent developments in international commercial arbitration.  The panel will address what arbitrators, attorneys and in-house counsel need to know.…

November 6, 2019 Retrospective Analysis and Future Legacy of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

A joint event of the Washington Foreign Law Society and the D.C. Bar International Law Community. Even though the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) entered into force in 1980, it was adopted and opened to signature on 23 May 1969. On the 50th anniversary of its adoption we find ourselves in a rapidly changing world with an international system struggling to adapt.…

October 23, 2019 Diplomatic Reception Honoring Ethiopia

The Acting Legal Adviser of the Department of State and the Washington Foreign Law Society are pleased to honor the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for its role promoting peace in the East Africa region Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $65.00 WFLS Member Price: $50.00 Student Tickets: $30.00 **Please register by October 18, 2019**   Marik String
Acting Legal Adviser, U.S.…

October 10, 2019 Washington Foreign Law Society 2019 Meeting and Garden Party

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society for its Annual Garden Party Members will receive a discount code via email. Please email mail@wfls.org with any questions.…

October 2, 2019 Debating the ISDS System: Dispute Resolution at the Intersection of Politics, Law, and Economics

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society for a Discussion on

Debating the ISDS System: Dispute Resolution at the Intersection of Politics, Law, and Economics

PANELISTS
• Teddy Baldwin (Partner, Steptoe & Johnson)
• Renaud Beauchard (Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law)
• Devin Bray (Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles N.…

September 18, 2019 Agudas Chasidei Chabad v. Russian Federation: Who Can Break the Deadlock?

Come learn why Russian State Museums’ art loans to the United States have been stopped for more than 10 years and help explore ways all parties involved might find a resolution. In early 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted Agudas Chasidei Chabad of the United States’ (“Chabad”) motion for civil contempt sanctions against the Russian Federation, for not returning to Chabad a collection of religious books, manuscripts and handwritten documents that were seized by Nazi Germany during the invasion of Poland and subsequently transferred by the Soviet Red Army to Russia in 1945.…

June 24, 2019 Jam v. IFC: The End of Absolute Immunity for International Organizations?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed D.C. Circuit’s ruling that international organizations have virtually absolute immunity to U.S. lawsuits under the International Organizations Immunities Act and held that international organizations do not enjoy broader immunity than foreign governments.…

May 21, 2019 Discrimination, Harassment, and Hostile Work Environment: Perspectives from the International Administrative Tribunals

Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society for a panel discussion exploring the internal ethical rules and dispute resolution mechanisms employed by some of the largest international organizations. These rules are created with the goal of ensuring that the workplace remains safe and free from harassment and abuse.…

May 2, 2019 Key Global Trends in Anti-Corruption Laws

Spurred by the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and by increasingly vigorous anti-corruption enforcement in multiple jurisdictions, countries are taking a variety of approaches to addressing corruption in their national laws. …

March 20, 2019 Careers in International Law

The Washington Foreign Law Society, in partnership with the American University Washington College of Law, the George Washington University Law School, and the Georgetown University Law Center, will host a panel discussion featuring practitioners from international organizations, NGOs, and private practice.…

January 24, 2019 The Trump Administration and International Law

The Trump Administration and International Law  

January 24, 2019 5:30 – 5:45 p.m. – Registration
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. – Discussion
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Drinks and Canapés Covington
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
This engaging discussion with Yale Law School Professor Harold Hongju Koh on his new book, The Trump Administration and International Law, will examine the interactions between President Trump’s foreign policy and international law, as surveyed in his book.

December 12, 2018 2018 WFLS Holiday Happy Hour

Toast the holiday season with your friends at the Washington Foreign Law Society by joining us at the WFLS Holiday Happy Hour!  …

December 3, 2018 Waitlist: WFLS Embassy Series: A Conversation with Hungary’s Ambassador

Thank you for your interest in attending this event. Registration has reached maximum capacity. If you would like, please register below to join the waitlist. If registered guests are unable to attend, we will reach out to those on the waitlist in the order they registered. …

October 3, 2018 Washington Foreign Law Society Annual Meeting and Garden Party

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society for its Annual Garden Party This event is free for WFLS Members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for non member students. Members will receive a discount code via email. Please email mail@wfls.org with any questions.…

September 13, 2018 Fall 2018 Gala Honoring Benjamin B. Ferencz

The Washington Foreign Law Society

is pleased to present its 2018 Fall Gala

Honoring

Former Chief Prosecutor for the United States in the Einsatzgruppen Case of the Nuremberg Trials

Benjamin B. Ferencz

 
It was as if I had peered into hell.

June 26, 2018 Crisis in Yemen: Accountability and Reparations

Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society, the American Society of International Law, and the Stimson Center, for an in-depth and expert discussion, led by Amb. Stephen Rapp and Former Chief Prosecutor David Crane, about the situation on the ground in Yemen, and what solutions can be found to end impunity and uphold fundamental international standards.…

June 5, 2018 Life After May 25: an EU GDPR Update

As the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, join us for a first look at the new law and a discussion on privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection in international law. The EU GDPR creates new obligations and standards for handling personal information of people located in the EU.…

April 30, 2018 RESCHEDULED: WFLS Embassy Roundtable Series with the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States

 

WFLS Embassy Roundtable with the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States

Monday, April 30, 2018, 6 p.m.

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria | 1621 22nd St. NW, Dimitar Peshev Plaza, Washington, D.C. 20008

  WFLS Embassy Roundtable Series: A Conversation with Ambassador Stoytchev on Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union Eleven years after its accession to the European Union, on January 1, 2018, Bulgaria took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time. …

February 13, 2018 Careers in International Law

The Washington Foreign Law Society, in partnership with the American University Washington College of Law and the George Washington University Law School, will host a panel discussion featuring practitioners from international organizations, NGOs, and private practice.

January 24, 2018 International Administrative Tribunals: Strange Animals or Hot Trends?

Join WFLS and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for a panel discussion on international administrative tribunals. Panel members will share their experience on the function and mandate of their respective administrative tribunals and the roles they play within the international institutions they serve.…