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 12, 2021 International Human Rights in the Supreme Court: 2021 Term

The Washington Foreign Law Society presents International Human Rights in the Supreme Court: 2021 Term Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM EST – This event is co-sponsored by ASIL, the American Society of International Law, and by the ABA International Law Section – A panel of distinguished scholars and journalists will critique important new Supreme Court decisions defining the claims that may be brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Alien Tort Statute involving human rights violations in foreign states.…

April 27, 2021 Panel Discussion: Where do we go from here? What will U.S. Trade Policy under Biden look like and how will it be received by our friends and allies?

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Panel Discussion: Where do we go from here? What will U.S. Trade Policy under Biden look like and how will it be received by our friends and allies? Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET Trump’s “America First” philosophy and weaponization of tariffs against even our closest allies present tough issues for the Biden administration. …

April 15, 2021 Cyber Insurance Exclusions: What War?

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Cyber Insurance Exclusions: What War?  Thursday, April 15th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET – This event is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –                The 2017 NotPetya cyberattack cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and the attack is still roiling through insurance markets and some courts.…

March 30, 2021 WFLS Series: Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law (Part 2)

                                                                                                The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law (Part 2) Panel Discussion: Public and Private Whistleblowers and The Need for Legal and Financial Assistance Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET Whistleblowers come in all types and nationalities.…

March 18, 2021 Inside the Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations (Part Two)

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Inside The Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations  Thursday, March 18th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:45 PM ET – This event is co-sponsored by ASIL, the American Society of International Law, and by the ABA International Law Section –  The Washington Foreign Law Society presents the second of a two-part series featuring Mark B.…

March 4, 2021 Armed Conflict in the 2020s: The Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Armed Conflict in the 2020s: The Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region Thursday, March 4th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET Although headlines have been largely dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of 2020, new or recurring armed conflicts have nonetheless caused even greater suffering in large regions of the world.…

February 18, 2021 Inside The Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations (Part One)

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Inside The Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations  Thursday, February 18th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:45 PM ET – This event is co-sponsored by ASIL, the American Society of International Law, and by the ABA International Law Section –  The Washington Foreign Law Society presents a two-part interview series featuring Mark B.…

February 9, 2021 The UN: Defining Cyber Rules of the Road?

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents The UN: Defining Cyber Rules of the Road?  Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET – This event is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –                The internet, computers and related technologies are all fabulous.…

February 4, 2021 International Legal Careers Symposium – WFLS

Wondering why you should join organizations such as the Washington Foreign Law Society? Take a look at these networking tips developed by Giuliana Canè, Pascale Dubois, and Michael Teodori.…

December 10, 2020 WFLS Series: Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law (Part 1)

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents WFLS Series: Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law   Part 1   “From Watergate to Biden — 43 years of international anti-corruption efforts since the birth of the FCPA” Thursday, December 10th, 2020
5:30 P.M.…

November 17, 2020 Dissecting Monasky v. Taglieri: the U.S. Supreme Court’s new standard for Habitual Residence under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Dissecting Monasky v. Taglieri: the U.S. Supreme Court’s new standard for Habitual Residence under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention  Tuesday, November 17, 2020
from 5:30 until 6:30 pm ET – This event is co-sponsored by the George Washington University School of Law – Live discussion will be held via ZOOM Webinar The 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention was ratified by the United States in 1988 and aims to ensure the prompt return of children who were wrongfully removed from or retained outside of their habitual residence. …

October 27, 2020 Jazz and Conversation with Judge T Michael Peay

On October 27th, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar with Judge T. Michael Peay, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Assistant Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.…

October 21, 2020 2020 Washington Foreign Law Society’s Virtual Annual Meeting

You are cordially invited to the
Washington Foreign Law Society’s Virtual Annual Meeting Wednesday, October 21, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST This event is for members only. Active members are welcomed to join the Virtual Annual Meeting.…

October 20, 2020 World Bank Fifth International Debarment Colloquium

WFLS is pleased to announce that it will co-sponsor the Fifth International Debarment Colloquium organized by the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD), starting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The Office of Suspension and Debarment is excited to announce a virtual version of the Fifth International Debarment Colloquium in late September and early October 2020.…

September 17, 2020 Online Discussion of Foreign State Immunity in U.S. Courts

“Are the Courts Doing What Congress Intended in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act?” An Online Discussion of Foreign State Immunity in U.S. Courts  Thursday, September 17, 2020
from 5:30 until 7:00 pm ET The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 governs all civil actions brought against foreign states, government agencies and state-owned enterprises in courts in the United States. …

September 1, 2020 Conversation and Cocktails with Dean Rosa Celorio- Part 2

The Washington Foreign Law Society
Presents  Conversation and Cocktails with Dean Rosa Celorio
Part 2  Tuesday, September 1, 2020
from 5:30 until 6:30 pm ET Live discussion will be held via ZOOM Webinar – Bring your own questions – WFLS has started this occasional series of conversations with various members of the Board of Governors of the Society.…

August 20, 2020 Conversation and Cocktails with Mark Agrast- Part 1

The Washington Foreign Law Society
Presents  Conversation and Cocktails with Mark Agrast   Thursday, August 20, 2020
from 5:30 until 6:30 pm ET Live discussion will be held via ZOOM Webinar – Bring your own questions – WFLS has started this occasional series of conversations with various members of the Board of Governors of the Society.…

July 14, 2020 Property Rights for Development  

On July 14, The Washington Foreign Law Society hosted another successful webinar on Property Rights for Development. The speakers were Lorenzo Montanari, Prof. Sary-Levy Carciente, and Rodrigo A. de Ouro Preto Santos. They introduced the International Property Rights Index 2019, explained the methodology behind its creation, and emphasized that “property rights are essential for the freedom of every human being (…), they act as a catalyst for economic growth and social development.”…