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.

June 29, 2022 Drinks and Conversation with WFLS

Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society for a social event with fellow practitioners, professionals, academics and students who share a passion for international law. During the event, WFLS President Michael Teodori will be leading a brief discussion with Mark Feldman (former Acting Legal Adviser, US Department of State) and Robin Matthewman (career member of the Senior Foreign Service, now at the Association for Diplomatic Studies), on the WFLS’s first podcasts series, “Lessons Learned in Public Service“, based on Mark’s oral history done with the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (available here).…

May 31, 2022 Cyber Norms, Law and Accountability: Roads to Progress?

The Washington Foreign Law Society
presents
Cyber Norms, Law and Accountability: Roads to Progress? Tuesday, May 31, 2022 From 10:00 to 11:00 AM Eastern Time – This webinar is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –      Diverse international events are challenging the sanctity of international law and norms, and cyberspace is no exception.…

May 17, 2022 Fortieth Anniversary of the IDB Group Administrative Tribunal

Hybrid event In person: Innovation Room and La Plaza – (Main Building, 2nd Floor)
1300 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20577. Virtually: via Zoom. Register here: https://iadb-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xt4ej6xsTY6zAD30skGyew All sessions offer simultaneous interpretation, English-Spanish and Spanish-English.…

May 10, 2022 Pissarro in the Courts: Foreign Sovereign Immunity Update 2022

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents Pissarro in the Courts: Foreign Sovereign Immunity Update 2022 Tuesday, May 10, 2022 From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT – This event is co-sponsored by ASIL, the American Society of International Law –   .       …

April 28, 2022 WFLS Happy Hour

Eni S.p.A. | 601 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 Join the WFLS Officers, Board, Members, and Friends for a WFLS Happy Hour! Meet and mingle with D.C. attorneys, professionals, and law students who share your passion for international law.…

April 26, 2022 2022 ABA International Law Section Annual Conference

The Washington Foreign Law Society is pleased to participate as a Cooperating Entity for the American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section’s Annual Conference. The Annual Conference is the premier gathering of the year for the ABA International Law Section, where our members, committees, and Section leaders gather with each other, leaders of other bar associations, and the international legal community. …

April 14, 2022 The 2021 OECD Anti-Bribery Recommendation: The 2.0 Tool for the Fight Against Foreign Bribery?

The Washington Foreign Law Society
Presents  WFLS Series: Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law (Part 3)  THE 2021 OECD ANTI-BRIBERY RECOMMENDATION: THE 2.0 TOOL FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST FOREIGN BRIBERY ? Thursday, April 14, 2022
from 12:30 to 1:30 PM ET The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 2021 Anti-Bribery Recommendation introduces new sections on the demand side of foreign bribery, sanctions and confiscation, non-trial resolutions, international co-operation, protection of reporting persons, incentives for compliance, and data protection.…

April 6, 2022 ASIL 2022 Annual Meeting – Personalizing International Law

The Washington Foreign Law Society is pleased to share that the American Society of International Law will be holding its 2022 Annual Meeting from April 6th to April 9th, 2022. Register here: https://www.asil.org/annualmeeting    …

March 31, 2022 Foreign Government Censorship Policies: Challenges for U.S. Businesses

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents Foreign Government Censorship Policies: Challenges for U.S. Businesses Thursday, March 31st, 2022
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM EST At a time when foreign governments are increasingly focused on what information should/not be available online or offline, the challenges for U.S.…

March 9, 2022 Acts of War? Accountability for Cyberattacks in Ukraine

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents Acts of War? Accountability for Cyberattacks in Ukraine Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
from 12:30 to 1:30 PM EST – This webinar is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –      As the international crisis over Ukraine grows, experts are working to gather information about the cyberattacks on Ukraine.…

January 20, 2022 Fireside Chat with Kurt Donnelly, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents Fireside Chat with Kurt Donnelly, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Thursday, January 20th, 2022
from 5:00 to 6:00 PM EST Join the Washington Foreign Society for a fireside chat with Mr.…

December 16, 2021 WFLS 2021 Holiday Happy Hour

The Washington Foreign Law Society is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual Holiday Happy Hour in person! Please join us at the Elephant & Castle Pub on 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW for the 2021 WFLS Holiday Happy Hour, on December 16th at 5:30 PM.…

December 7, 2021 Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGO’s and the UN

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGOs, and the UN Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET – This event is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –     The 2019-21 Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on cyber issues was a novel UN approach to including multilateral stakeholders in cyber discussions – but to what end and how can those efforts inform the first substantive meeting of the new OEWG that begins December 13, chaired by Singapore’s Ambassador Burhan Gafoor?…

November 19, 2021 International Legal Careers Symposium

For the second consecutive edition, the Washington Foreign Law Society participated in the International Legal Careers Symposium organized by Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law, with a panel on “The Importance of Networking”.…

November 4, 2021 How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability Thursday, November 4th, 2021
from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET – This event is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –      This year, the US, UK, Canada and others, including NATO, accused Russia of being behind SolarWinds, a malware attack compromising the integrity of government and company servers.…

October 20, 2021 Washington Foreign Law Society’s 2021 Annual Meeting 

You are cordially invited to the Washington Foreign Law Society’s 2021 Annual Meeting  Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society for our 2021 Annual Meeting! To allow for the greatest participation and inclusion of all Members and friends of the Society, this event will be held both virtually and in person.…

October 14, 2021 What future for the Rule of Law in Central America? 

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents What future for the Rule of Law in Central America?  A conversation with the Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, Ricardo Zúniga Thursday, October 14th, 2021
from 4:00 to 5:00 PM EST After years of upward progress, several nations in Central America – especially in the Northern Triangle region – are slowly backsliding into a state of diminished democracy that is dangerously close to authoritarian governance.…

August 24, 2021 From John Jay to John Roberts: The Law of Nations in U.S. Courts

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents From John Jay to John Roberts: The Law of Nations in U.S. Courts A mini course on Foreign Relations Law Tuesday, August 24th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM EST Following our May 12 program on international human rights, the Supreme Court decided Nestle v Doe, holding that the Alien Tort Statute does not support claims against U.S.…

July 14, 2021 Reforming Online Accountability: Can Lessons Be Learned From Across The Globe?

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Reforming Online Accountability: Can Lessons Be Learned From Across The Globe? Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM ET – This event is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –      RSVP here: https://stimsoncenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o79zYu7JTBOInDIBODgvtQ

June 17, 2021 The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Reform, Replace or Status Quo?

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents the book The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Reform, Replace or Status Quo?
Edited by Alan M. Anderson & Ben Beaumont Thursday, June 17th, 2021
from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM ET The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System is a thought-provoking and important contribution to the ongoing worldwide discussions and debates regarding the way forward for investor-State dispute resolution.…