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.

April 26, 2013 ASIL-UNA Series Part 2: The Use of Force Against a Nuclear Threat from Iran

Assuming efforts to achieve a negotiated resolution do not succeed, President Obama has made clear that the military option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons remains on the table. Under what circumstance would the exercise of that option be consistent with domestic and international law?…

April 18, 2013 The Eritrea/Ethiopia Claims Commission: What Are The Lessons Learnt For Future Claims Commissions?

The ASIL International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group in cosponsorship with the Howard M. Holtzmann Research Center for the Study of International Arbitration and Conciliation and Washington Foreign Law Society will host a special event in conjunction with the book launch for Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission by Sean D.…

April 17, 2013 ASIL-UNA Series Part 1: Cyberthreats and Use of Force: International and Domestic Standards

Cyberthreats pose national, economic, and personal risks to both the public and private sectors. The frequency and complexity of cyber-attacks are rising exponentially and outpace policy and legal regulations of the area. In this context, the issue for international law is in the applicability of traditional concepts to the realities of cyber threats.…

April 11, 2013 Following the Money: DOJ Efforts to Combat Cross-Border Money-Laundering And The Kleptocracy Initiative

A Special Lunch Program Featuring

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco
Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Moderated by Cadwalader Partner Adam S. Lurie As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Ken oversees several key components of the DOJ Criminal Division, including the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS).…

April 2, 2013 International Mass Claims: National Courts, International Tribunals, and Ad Hoc

The International Dispute Resolution Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Section, the D.C. Bar Litigation Section, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration invite you to attend a lunchtime program on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 addressing what may very well be the wave of the future in international dispute resolution – mass claims.…

March 21, 2013 Post-2015: The MDGs, Legal Reform, and Development Policy

*Please note: Members of WFLS should contact the ASIL Service Center to receive the special code for free registration.* With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) rapidly approaching, various groups are convening to talk about what is next.…

February 25, 2013 2012 U.S. Economic Sanctions Year in Review

This program will provide an overview of the many new developments in economic sanctions since the start of 2012, including the ever-evolving Iran sanctions, changes to the Syrian sanction regime, new opportunities under the Burmese Sanctions Regulations, and an assessment of enforcement trends.…

February 12, 2013 2012 U.S. Export Controls Year in Review

This U.S. export controls year-in-review event will discuss significant developments in 2012 with respect to: the Export Administration Regulations (aka “EAR”), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (aka “ITAR”), Export Control Reforms (aka “ECR”), and enforcement trends.…

January 9, 2013 A conversation with Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser at the State Department, on Critical Legal Issues Facing the United States

On January 9, 2013, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held an informal and spirited discussion with Harold Hongju Koh, the departing Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. …

December 10, 2012 International Aspects of Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank

On December 10, 2012, Jacqueline Mesa, Director of the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, discussed regulatory reform in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in a Washington Foreign Law Society event entitled “International Aspects of Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank.” …

December 10, 2012 New Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Federal Contracts and Subcontracts

On December 10, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society had a lively, interactive discussion of the implications of President Obama’s Executive Order dated September 25, 2012, entitled ‘‘Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts,’’ which will have far-reaching consequences for a broad range of federal contractors and subcontractors both in the U.S.…

November 13, 2012 Reception Honoring Mexico

On November 13, the Washington Foreign Law Society honored Mexico at its annual reception in the State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms.  The event was co-sponsored with Harold Koh, the State Department’s Legal Adviser. Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan accepted the honors in a keynote address to the well over 350 people in attendance. …

October 11, 2012 WFLS Fall Happy Hour

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted its Fall Happy Hour at One Lounge in Dupont Circle. The event brought together many current and future WFLS members to socialize and discuss future WFLS events. A great time was had by all.…

October 2, 2012 Re-Argument Discussion with Counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 the Washington Foreign Law Society and GWU Law School hosted a post re-argument discussion with counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and others who have been closely following the case. The discussion addressed the October 1 Supreme Court oral arguments over whether U.S.…

October 1, 2012 Accountability and Legal Protections for Victims of Human Trafficking

On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the American Society of International Law, with support from the Open Society Foundations, hosted a luncheon continuing legal education course at Tillar House on accountability and legal protections for victims of human trafficking.…

September 28, 2012 Roundtable with the Departments of State and Treasury on Implementation of the Latest Sanctions on Iran

On Friday, September 28, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, the American Society of International Law, and cooperating committees of the ABA Section of International Law presented a special breakfast program with legal representatives from both the Department of State and Department of the Treasury. …

September 13, 2012 The European Sovereign Debt Crisis: A Political and Economic Guide

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) were pleased to present a special breakfast program on September 13, 2012 at Arnold & Porter LLP with Tim Adams, Managing Director of the Lindsey Group, former Treasury Undersecretary and CSIS Senior Advisor, and Heather Conley, Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. …

June 21, 2012 WFLS Annual Garden Party

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) held its annual Garden Party on June 21, 2012. The event brought together dozens of members of the WFLS community to socialize, discuss programs during the last year, and plan for the coming year.  The year’s accomplishments thus far include the programming of seven events over the last six month period, which included collaborations with the World Bank, ASIL, ABA and others and distinguished guest panelists from the government, international NGO’s, the private sector and academia.…

May 30, 2012 Special Breakfast Program on CFIUS Featuring Treasury Department’s Mark Jaskowiak

The Washington Foreign Law Society and co-sponsors were pleased to present a special breakfast program with Mark Jaskowiak, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury Department. Mark discussed and answered questions about the process followed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in its reviews of transactions involving foreign investment in the United States.…

May 23, 2012 Gala Dinner Honoring Senator George J. Mitchell

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) awarded Senator George J. Mitchell the annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for Senator Mitchell’s role in advancing the rule of law in his extraordinary career as a legislator, diplomat, and leader. The award was presented at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, May 23, beginning at 7 pm. …