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.

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.”…

June 25, 2020 ASIL Virtual Annual Meeting

The Washington Foreign Law Society is pleased to share with members and friends that the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will hold its annual meeting from 25 June 2020 to 26 June 2020 virtually this year. See the attached flyer or visit asil.org

June 25, 2020 Conversation and Cocktails with Antonia Tzinova, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP and Former President of the WFLS

On 25 June 2020, we had the pleasure of talking to the former president of The Washington Foreign Law Society and partner at Holland and Knight LLP, Antonia Tzinova. She shared her past experiences and spoke about how her career path developed. Her experience includes a couple of non-legal jobs before starting her legal career in the United States.

June 10, 2020 Online Discussion of Judge Stanley Sporkin’s Career and Legacy 

As Director of SEC Enforcement (1974-1981), Judge Stanley Sporkin initiated a series of explosive foreign bribery investigations that stunned U.S. companies, stimulated Congressional investigations, and shook foreign governments – leading directly to the U.S.…

June 8, 2020 Negotiating Contracts in Covid-19 Context: US and French Perspectives

The Covid-19 crisis taught us the hard way of the importance of well drafted contracts. The WFLS is pleased to co-sponsor with the French-American Chamber of Commerce a webinar that will address the lessons learned from the epidemic regarding commercial contracts from a French and US perspective: – What are the consequences on contracts negotiated before the pandemic (French law and US common law provisions, force majeure clauses, “Acts of God”, impossibility, frustration of purpose and other related legal theories); – What are the key provisions to include in new contracts to be negotiated now that the Covid-19 pandemic is in progress (allocation of risk of non-performance; flexibility in renegotiation)?…

June 2, 2020 Conversation and Cocktails with Melissa Johns

On June 2, 2020, The Washington Foreign Law Society hosted its second Cocktails/Conversation with a Board Member, with Melissa Johns, Senior Operations Officer, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Group at The World Bank Group. The participants consisted of students, recent graduates, and professionals.…

May 19, 2020 Conversation and Coffee/Cocktails With Elissa Alben, Senior Director and Head of Global Trade Policy at Pfizer

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Conversation and Coffee/Cocktails With Elissa Alben, Senior Director and Head of Global Trade Policy at Pfizer 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.…

May 5, 2020 Redefining Career success

On May 5th, the Washington Foreign Law Society premiered its first webinar joined by 50 participants. The COVID-19 crisis requires the organization to think of new concepts on how to continue to further its mission of promoting knowledge and understanding of international legal matters, comparative legal issues, and foreign law.…