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 11, 2016 Breakfast Panel – Doing Business in Colombia: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities

Please join us for a lively discussion on the challenges, risks, and opportunities faced by companies seeking to invest or do business in Colombia.  Speakers from Brigard & Urrutia, McLarty Associates, ProColombia, and WilmerHale will address: – Common mistakes and roadblocks that occur when exporting goods and services to Colombia; – Using trade and anti-corruption as a competitive advantage; – Strategic goods controls, trade compliance, and anti-corruption regulations; and – The relevance of US statutes to Colombian companies.  …

April 7, 2016 Capitol Briefing: Women’s Human Rights in Africa

The Leadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center in cooperation with the Washington Foreign Law Society Invites you to a Briefing on Women’s Human Rights in Africa Featuring presentations by the 2015-2016 Fellows: Maereg Alemayehu-Ethiopia Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Free Legal Aid for the Family Law Claims of Ethiopian Women Pamella Lamunu-Uganda The Gender Hurdle: How Bias and Stereotypes in the Local Council Court Prevents the Effective Implementation of Uganda’s Domestic Violence Act Olufunmilayo Adeniyi-Nigeria The Calamity of Climate Change: Ensuring Nigeria Fulfills Its Obligation to Protect Displaced Women’s Right to Health Dunia Tegegn-Ethiopia Victimized Twice: Promoting Justice and Accountability for Survivors of Wartime Rape in South Sudan Elizabeth Makumbi-South Africa From Apartheid to Affirmative Action: Improving Laws and Policies to Economically Empower Black Women in South Africa Anthonia Okolie-Nigeria           Using Mediation to Prevent the Ritualized Public Shaming of Women Accused of Adultery In Nigeria Moderated by Professor Jill C.…

March 30, 2016 Prosecuting Serious International Crimes: Exploring the Intersections between International and Domestic Justice Efforts

The War Crimes Research Office in partnership with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, the American Society of International Law, PluriCourts of the University of Oslo, and the American Red Cross invites you to a conference in celebration of the WCRO’s 20th anniversary on: Prosecuting Serious International Crimes:
Exploring the Intersections between
International and Domestic
Justice Efforts Featuring discussions with international and domestic
justice practitioners and experts, including: • Stephen Rapp, former U.S.…

March 23, 2016 Joint Happy Hour for International Law

Presented by: International Law Forum Join the WBA International Law Forum and WFLS for a fun evening to mingle with members of fellow international law organizations! Meet new colleagues, catch up with old friends, and learn what the various groups have to offer.…

March 23, 2016 Open for Business? Cuba’s Emerging Opportunities and Remaining Challenges

After decades of paralysis, relations between the United States and Cuba are changing. However, increased interaction between the two nations has created a complex legal landscape for companies interested in the opportunities that may exist in Cuba.…

March 22, 2016 International and Domestic Perspectives on Legal Issues Impacting Women

Please join the Fellows of the Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program at their annual Women’s Human Rights Symposium

 International and Domestic Perspectives on Legal Issues Impacting Women

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Time: 10am-4:45pm (Reception to follow) Event Location: Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor Please join us for a symposium on women’s legal issues, with panelists offering international and domestic perspectives on a variety of topics, including women’s health, access to justice, race and education, and violence against women.…

March 14, 2016 Making the Law Work for Women’s Human Rights

Please join the International Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of DC on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6-8:00pm for a dynamic discussion regarding the progress that has been made in advancing the human rights of women.  Our panel of human rights experts will discuss the legal vehicles used to enforce women’s human rights, the international framework aimed to promote and protect these rights, the ways in which lawyers and non-lawyer activists work within the law to protect women’s human rights, the accountability of foreign officials and diplomats, and much more. …

January 13, 2016 Law in a Globalized World: Switzerland and the U.S.

                                            The Embassy of Switzerland and Georgetown University Law Center Cordially invite you to attend the first event in the series   Law in a Globalized World Switzerland and the U.S.:  Common Constitutional Roots, Different Legal Systems
How Do We Approach Transnational Legal Issues in Times of Globalization?

January 12, 2016 WFLS Brown Bag Lunch with Charles Duross: International Anti-Corruption Enforcement

Charles Duross, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s FCPA enforcement team, will be speaking on the global increase in anti-corruption enforcement actions and its implications for business, governments and civil society. Duross, now in private practice, is uniquely qualified to speak on the issue as he served for several years as the DoJ representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery.…

January 6, 2016 One Year After Charlie

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society, the Newseum Institute and Reporters Without Borders for a discussion of the worldwide impact on a free press and free expression after the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff on Jan. 7, 2015, and on the public at multiple sites in Paris eleven months later.

December 16, 2015 Third Suspension and Debarment Colloquium

**This event is free of charge and is suitable for both general participants and experts.** Third Suspension and Debarment Colloquium 2015

December 10, 2015 Book Launch: “The Court and The World” by Stephen Breyer

Chair: Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Kaushik Basu is World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. Prior to this, he served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and is currently on leave from Cornell University where he is Professor of Economics and the C.…

December 8, 2015 ILI Conference: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Ratification, Economic Sector Analysis and Future Impact

The International Law Institute is hosting a conference to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from a variety of perspectives – the Executive and Congressional branches, economic, geopolitical, industry and labor. Topics to be covered will include: Prospects for Congressional approval of TPP Impact of TPP on economic relations in the Pacific TPP membership expansion Investment issues Investor-state dispute settlement Environment Labor Intellectual property issues State-Owned Enterprises Key market access issues, including autos, agricultural products, textiles and apparel, and services Speakers will include: Everett Eissenstadt, Chief Trade Counsel, Senate Finance Committee Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics Jason Kearns, Chief Minority Trade Counsel, House Ways & Means Committee Maria Pagan, Office of the U.S.…

December 3, 2015 Women’s Bar Association of DC Panel Discussion: Government Jobs in International Law

During this program, you will learn about diverse international practice areas from the perspective of panelists at a variety of federal agencies. If you’re interested in learning about government opportunities that exist for international practice, you won’t want to miss this program!

November 17, 2015 Third Symposium: Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration

Leading practitioners and academics will analyze salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration and current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. Speakers include: Henry Burnett, Partner, King & Spalding LLP; Filip De Ly, Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Simon Greenberg, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP; Horacio Grigera Naón, Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, WCL; Fan Kun, Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Michael Nolan, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LL.P.; Rostislav Pekar, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP; Sirilal Perera, International Research Scholar in Residence, WCL; Eduardo Silva Romero, Partner, Dechert LLP; David Snyder, Professor of Law, WCL; Cheng-Yee Khong, Director and Counsel, ICC ICA Asia Secretariat; Perry Wallace, Professor of Law, WCL; Anne Marie Whitesell, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; and Eduardo Zuleta, Partner, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados S.A.…

November 17, 2015 WFLS Fall Happy Hour 2015

WFLS Fall Happy Hour! Join the WFLS Officers, Board, Members and Friends for a Fall Happy Hour! Meet and mingle with D.C. attorneys, professionals, and law students who share your passion for International Law From WFLS to you :  Members enjoy one free drink!

November 12, 2015 Global Development: A Contextual and Value-Oriented Perspective

Washington Foreign Law Society in partnership with the World Bank presents: Keynote remarks by Professor Michael Reisman Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School MICHAEL REISMAN is Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School where he has been on the Faculty since 1965. …

October 29, 2015 American Society for Legal History 2015 Annual Meeting


2015 Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, October 29 – November 1

The ASLH will be returning to Washington, DC for its 2015 annual meeting.  The dates of the meeting will be Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Sunday, Nov 1, 2015, and the meeting hotel is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. 

October 29, 2015 Nonproliferation in a Noncompliant World: Rethinking UN Security Council Resolution 1540

  The UN Security Council adopted resolution 1540 in 2004 partly as a response to revelations about black market nuclear networks that affected proliferation and highlighted also the potential terrorism risks. The implementation of the resolution, which calls for criminalization of possession and transfer of weapons of mass destruction, is facilitated by the 1540 Committee, whose mandate was extended until 2021. …

October 28, 2015 Nuclear Energy: Securing the Future

As the Nuclear Security Summit series draws to a close, the prospects dim for development of binding nuclear security standards to assure future safe, secure industry expansion. This event will explore the role that multi-stakeholder, industry-driven voluntary consensus standards could play in the nuclear industry, with a focus on cyber security and other areas of overlap between safety and security.…