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.

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.;…

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.…

October 23, 2015 2015 ASIL Research Forum

Fifth Annual ASIL Research Forum 

October 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not.…

October 17, 2015 DC Bar Foundation – Go Formal for Justice 2015

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October 7, 2015 WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Next Steps in Ratification and Implementation

WFLS and The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia invite you to attend: WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Next Steps in Ratification and Implementation
Presented by: International Law Forum Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Address: 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Metro Stop: Dupont Circle (Red) Featuring: Elizabeth Branson, Director for Trade and Development, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, Office of the U.S.…

October 1, 2015 ASIL New Professionals Fall Happy Hour

Join the ASIL New Professionals Interest Group for a fall happy hour for international law professionals on Thursday, October 1 from 5-7 at Fire & Sage, located inside the Marriott at Metro Center. There will be a cash bar and happy hour specials until 7, but the conversations can continue beyond that. …

September 24, 2015 Annual Garden Party and Meeting

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society for its Annual Garden Party and Meeting! Held this year at the Washington, DC offices of This event is free for WFLS Members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for students. Members will receive a discount code via email.…

August 10, 2015 Trade Talk on Iran Nuclear Deal

The Export Controls and Sanctions Section of the Association of Women in International Trade in an event co-sponsored by the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and the Washington Foreign Law Society invites you to an event to discuss

The US, EU, and UN sanctions implementation of the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

with Andrew N.

June 15, 2015 Opportunity for Members! Lunch Series with Stuart Bowen, James Thurber and Tom Malinowski

As part of American University Washington College of Law’s US &International AntiCorruption Law Summer Program  June 15-19, 2015, a series of lunch presentations will take place featuring fascinating speakers including: Stuart Bowen
Former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
(Monday, June 15) After overseeing $62 billion in US funding for Iraq’s reconstruction, what have we learned about the causes, scope, and effects of corruption in the U.S.

June 15, 2015 US & International Anti-Corruption Law Summer Program 

June 15-19, 2015 In reaction to corruption’s negative impact on government accountability, business competition and integrity, effective economic development and national security, there is a rising global demand for skilled practitioners to help prevent, investigate, and prosecute corruption and to remediate and defend in cases of violations.…

May 26, 2015 Tax It Like It Is: Discussing the Luxembourg and Swiss Leaks

Join WFLS, the Newseum and George Washington University Law School for a discussion with reporters from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and legal experts as they examine the Luxembourg and Swiss leaks which have respectively cast light on the secretive tax arrangements of more than three hundred of the world’s largest multinational corporations and on the secretive world of private banking in Switzerland.…

April 23, 2015 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 2014-2015 Fellows: Sundaiway Amegashie-Liberia
Justice of the Peace Courts: Linking the Formal and Informal Justice Systems in Liberia to Effectively Prosecute Rape Lillian Andama-Uganda
The Death Penalty is Not the Answer: Increasing Rape Prosecutions by Reducing the Penalty for Rape Juliet Hatanga-Uganda
Hear Our Voices Too: Enhancing Women’s Participation and Meeting Women’s Needs in Northern Uganda’s Post-Conflict Economic Development Victoria Matheri-Kenya
Can the ICC Deliver?…

April 15, 2015 FCPA Year in Review

The Washington Foreign Law Society and The Women’s Bar Association of the
District of Columbia invite you to attend: FCPA Year in Review Featuring:
Kara Brockmeyer, Chief, FCPA Unit, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Laura Perkins, Assistant Chief, FCPA Unit, Fraud Section, U.S.…

April 8, 2015 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting

The Washington Foreign Law Society is proud to be a cooperating organization for the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) 109th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 8-11, 2015. Keynote speakers for the conference will include: President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation; Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Judge Kenneth Keith formerly of the International Court of Justice; Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy of the Graduate Institute, Geneva; and Professor Michael Reisman of Yale Law School.…