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.

July 21, 2016 Breakfast Panel on the Impact of Land Rights on Gender Equality

The Impact of Land Rights on Gender Equality

In a country with a well-established land titling system, land rights are taken for granted, at best, and seen as one more logistical hurdle in property transactions, at worst. In the majority of the world, however, land is undocumented and the lack of clarity around land rights inhibits economic growth and promotes in gender inequality.…

July 20, 2016 Continuing Impacts of Ukraine-Related Sanctions on U.S. Industry in Russia

Please join WFLS and the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. for an event on the continuing impact of Ukraine-related sanctions on U.S. Industry in Russia. U.S. industry continues to face compliance challenges and uncertainty related to sectoral sanctions and the embargo of Crimea.…

June 29, 2016 Special Breakfast Program on CFIUS, Featuring Treasury Department’s Aimen Mir

Light breakfast will be served
(doors open at 8:00 a.m.) The Washington Foreign Law Society along with the American Society of International Law, ABA Section of International  Law, and DC Bar International Law Section presents a special breakfast program with Aimen Mir, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury Department. …

June 23, 2016 Corruption and Global Security

At a time of global upheaval, security issues dominate western international policymaking. Yet, world leaders often overlook corruption as a key factor driving many of today’s security crises, including extremist insurgencies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and Nigeria, Iraq’s and Syria’s collapse and the spread of ISIS, revolutions and their spin-offs from the Arab world to Ukraine, and the state implosion witnessed in Latin America where governments are entering into symbiotic relationships with transnational criminal superpowers.…

June 14, 2016 The Prosecution of Corruption in Africa: Challenging Impunity through Rule of Law

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception
CLE Credit  Please join us in the event which brings together international experts on anti-corruption and justice systems to examine challenges in prosecuting corruption in African countries and discuss how they can be addressed.…

June 9, 2016 American University’s US and International Anti-Corruption Law Summer Program Lunch Series Featuring Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

The US & International Anti-Corruption Law Program Invites you to Summer Program Luncheon  Thursday, June 9, 2015   11:45 am – 1:00 pm        American University Washington College of Law 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Claudio Grossman Hall, YT01-01   Featuring   Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat Former White House Domestic Policy Advisor, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State Covington Corruption and its erosion of trust in public officials and institutions is dominating the US presidential election campaign, echoing similar public sentiment following the Watergate scandal.

June 7, 2016 American University’s US and International Anti-Corruption Law Summer Program Lunch Series: Fighting Corruption: Are We at the Cross Roads?

Fighting Corruption: Are We at the Cross Roads? Tuesday, June 7, 2015   11:45 am – 1:00 pm        American University Washington College of Law 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Claudio Grossman Hall, YT01-01   The US and International Anti-Corruption Law Summer Program invites you to LUNCHEON & DISCUSSION FEATURING Leonard McCarthy Integrity Vice President The World Bank Group Grand corruption erodes development effectiveness, stealing billions from education, health and other basic human services.

April 15, 2016 Inaugural African Legal Conference – A Dialogue on Sub-Saharan Africa: African Legal Systems, AFOA, and Human Rights

Please join the African Development Committee and African Justice Initiative at the American University Washington College of Law for the Inaugural African Legal Conference to foster discussion and a better understanding of Africa. The conference will focus on the comparison of selected legal systems, the legislation, limitations, and opportunities of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and the role of human rights in Africa.…

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.  Speakers: Alejandro Pardo, ProColombia Stephen Donehoo, McLarty Associates José Francisco Mafla, Brigard & Urrutia Erin Sloane, WilmerHale Brent Gurney, WilmerHale David Horn, WilmerHale   RSVP For more information on this event, contact:  Kimberly McFarlane   +1-202-474-4353

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.…