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.

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.…

April 16, 2020 Postponed: ONLINE: Human Rights in the Age of AI: Impacts and Safeguards

The WFLS is pleased to co-sponsor the following event on Human Rights in the Age of AI: Impacts and Safeguards, with the American Society of International Law.
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The continued development of AI promises numerous economic, social, medical, and security solutions.

February 13, 2020 WFLS 2020 Gala Honoring Meg Kinnear

The Washington Foreign Law Society is pleased to announce that it will honor Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, at the Society’s upcoming Dinner Gala. Ms. Kinnear will receive the Harry LeRoy Jones Award for her distinguished contributions to advancing and strengthening the investor-state dispute settlement system.…

December 17, 2019 2019 WFLS Holiday Happy Hour

In an annual tradition, toast the holiday season with your friends at the Washington Foreign Law Society!  Join us at the Elephant & Castle Pub on 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue for the 2019 WFLS Holiday Happy Hour! WFLS Members receive one free glass of wine.…

November 13, 2019 Current Developments in International Commercial Arbitration: What Arbitrators, Attorneys and In-House Counsel Need to Know

The audience will have the opportunity to hear from the Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and distinguished academia members and practitioners on recent developments in international commercial arbitration.  The panel will address what arbitrators, attorneys and in-house counsel need to know.…

November 6, 2019 Retrospective Analysis and Future Legacy of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

A joint event of the Washington Foreign Law Society and the D.C. Bar International Law Community. Even though the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) entered into force in 1980, it was adopted and opened to signature on 23 May 1969. On the 50th anniversary of its adoption we find ourselves in a rapidly changing world with an international system struggling to adapt.…

October 23, 2019 Diplomatic Reception Honoring Ethiopia

The Acting Legal Adviser of the Department of State and the Washington Foreign Law Society are pleased to honor the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for its role promoting peace in the East Africa region Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $65.00 WFLS Member Price: $50.00 Student Tickets: $30.00 **Please register by October 18, 2019**   Marik String
Acting Legal Adviser, U.S.…

October 10, 2019 Washington Foreign Law Society 2019 Meeting and Garden Party

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society for its Annual Garden Party Members will receive a discount code via email. Please email mail@wfls.org with any questions.…

October 2, 2019 Debating the ISDS System: Dispute Resolution at the Intersection of Politics, Law, and Economics

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society for a Discussion on

Debating the ISDS System: Dispute Resolution at the Intersection of Politics, Law, and Economics

PANELISTS
• Teddy Baldwin (Partner, Steptoe & Johnson)
• Renaud Beauchard (Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law)
• Devin Bray (Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles N.…

September 18, 2019 Agudas Chasidei Chabad v. Russian Federation: Who Can Break the Deadlock?

Come learn why Russian State Museums’ art loans to the United States have been stopped for more than 10 years and help explore ways all parties involved might find a resolution. In early 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted Agudas Chasidei Chabad of the United States’ (“Chabad”) motion for civil contempt sanctions against the Russian Federation, for not returning to Chabad a collection of religious books, manuscripts and handwritten documents that were seized by Nazi Germany during the invasion of Poland and subsequently transferred by the Soviet Red Army to Russia in 1945.…

June 24, 2019 Jam v. IFC: The End of Absolute Immunity for International Organizations?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed D.C. Circuit’s ruling that international organizations have virtually absolute immunity to U.S. lawsuits under the International Organizations Immunities Act and held that international organizations do not enjoy broader immunity than foreign governments.…

May 21, 2019 Discrimination, Harassment, and Hostile Work Environment: Perspectives from the International Administrative Tribunals

Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society for a panel discussion exploring the internal ethical rules and dispute resolution mechanisms employed by some of the largest international organizations. These rules are created with the goal of ensuring that the workplace remains safe and free from harassment and abuse.…