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.

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

**For more information and to register please click here.**

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 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.…

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.

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.…

March 27, 2015 Breakfast Panel on Ukraine-Related Sanctions

Please join the Washington Foreign Law Society and Steptoe & Johnson LLP for a Breakfast Panel on Ukraine-Related Sanctions.
This month marks the 1-year anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the United States’ introduction of sanctions and related measures in response to the situation in Ukraine. 

March 25, 2015 Cross-Border Successions Under the New European Regulation 2012

2015 Founders Celebration  After 17 August 2015, a new European Regulation will govern cross border successions and harmonize conflict-of-law rules without affecting the substantive inheritance laws of the EU Member States. Under this Regulation, one single criterion will determine the jurisdiction and the law applicable: the last habitual residence at the time of death, even if the country is not itself an EU Member State.…

March 25, 2015 Joint Happy Hour for International Law

Presented by: WBA International Law Forum Join WFLS and its co-sponsors 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.…

February 10, 2015 Reception Honoring the Republic of Korea

  The Washington Foreign Law Society and the Acting Legal Adviser of the Department of State are pleased to honor the Republic of Korea based on its commitment to the rule of law and its continued common interests and partnership with the United States on a wide range of significant issues, including the maintenance of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region through the continued strengthening of the bilateral treaty alliance and our historic defense and security partnership, leadership at the United Nations during the Republic of Korea’s membership on the United Nations Security Council, and facilitating the international response to fight Ebola.…

February 9, 2015 How to Get a Job in International Law

Join the WBA International Law forum and its co-sponsors for a panel discussion on how to get international law jobs at various types of employers, including private practice, academia, public interest, and more. The discussion will address not just career paths, but how to approach each type of employer for international law positions, as well as tips for enhancing your experience in this field.…

December 9, 2014 Holiday Happy Hour

Join the WFLS Officers, Board, Members and Friends for a Holiday 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! If you’re not already a member click here to join now   Details :  Mad Hatter –Upper Level 1319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 Tuesday, December 9th 2014 6:00-8:30 PM…

November 17, 2014 Films in Schools and the Limits of EU Copyright Approximation

  Join the Intellectual Property Law Program as they host Professor Guido Westkamp of Queen Mary University of London as a part of the IP Speaker Series.   Registration is free but required – Please register here by November 12th, 2014      …

November 13, 2014 A Discussion on Current Trade Issues and Investment Arbitration

8:30 – 9:00 A.M. Registration 9:00 – 9:15 A.M. Opening Remarks
  • CLAUDIA FRUTOS-PETERSON, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law
9:15 – 10:30 A.M. …