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.

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.…

June 3, 2021 Cyber Sanctions: Assessing Trends and Effectiveness

The Washington Foreign Law Society Presents Cyber Sanctions: Assessing Trends and Effectiveness Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET – This event is jointly organized with the Stimson Center –      RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D_LkduwfRr6n-Z9jLpd1pw Cyber espionage, sabotage and cybercrime are on the rise.…

May 27, 2021 Central Bank Digital Currencies – the Future of the Monetary System?

Please find below an announcement from our friends at the Law Library of Congress. The Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series of classes is designed to shed light on some of the foreign and comparative law issues currently being researched by the foreign law and international law experts at the Law Library of Congress.…

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.…