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.

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 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.…

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.…

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. …

October 22, 2014 International Real Estate Development in a Civil Law System: A Discussion with the Association of French Notaries

French Notaries
  • Anne Deysine, professor and former Vice President for International Affairs, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Lionel Galliez, notary-at-law, senior partner at DELESALLE-DEPONDT-ARSEGUEL-GALLIEZ (Paris, France)
  • Willy Giacchino, Policy Director, European and International Relations, High Council for the Notarial Profession (Paris, France)
  • Pauline Malaplate, notary-at-law, (Annecy-le-Vieux, France)
Washington College of Law Faculty
  • Heather Hughes, Professor
  • Darren Rosenblum, Visiting Professor of Law
  • Ezra Rosser, Professor
  • Perry Wallace, Professor and Director, JD/MBA Dual Degree Program
  Registration is free but required – please go to

September 18, 2014 Washington Foreign Law Society Annual Garden Party

The Washington Foreign Law Society’s Annual Garden Party will be held on Thursday, September 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the home of Marcia Wiss. This event is free for WFLS Members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for students.   Location: 3000 Albemarle St.,…

June 27, 2014 Export Controls & Sanctions Enforcement Panel

Washington Foreign Law Society
Export Controls & Sanctions Enforcement Panel
Brown Bag Luncheon

The interactive Panel will discuss:
  • Recent enforcement trends in light of export control reform and inter-agency cooperation
  • Common red flags and pitfalls that trigger Government enforcement
  • Expectations regarding investigations and voluntary disclosures
  • Identification of current and developing trends surrounding export enforcement cases
  • Best practices and practical compliance tips
  • Glenn Smith, Chief, Enforcement Division at DDTC
  • Rick Shimon, Department of Commerce’s Office of Export Enforcement
  • Caroline Duvall, FBI
  • William Argue, Unit Chief, Counter-Proliferation Investigations Program, Department of Homeland Security – ICE
  • Moderated by Olga Torres, Partner at Braumiller Law Group, PLLC

Friday, June 27, 2014
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

June 11, 2014 Spring Gala Honoring Professor John G. Ruggie

*Registration for this event has now closed.  If you need assistance, please contact* Sponsorships for this special event are available at one of the following donor levels: Platinum ($10,000), Gold ($5,000), or Silver ($2,500).…

May 29, 2014 Sanctions Update on Russia and Ukraine

To learn more about the latest international trade developments involved in the political crisis in Ukraine, don’t miss this brown bag lunch discussion regarding economic sanctions against Russia and related export control measures. The discussion will run from 12:00 p.m.…

April 24, 2014 A Discussion on Settlement Agreements in White Collar Criminal Law Enforcement in the Context of Global Economic Justice

“Over the last decade, DPAs [Deferred Prosecution Agreements] have become a mainstay of white collar criminal law enforcement,” Lanny Breuer, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, declared on September 13, 2012. …

April 22, 2014 Crimes Against Humanity: The UN Report on Human Rights Violations in North Korea

Please join us for a panel discussion on the report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, and its implications for legal action by the United Nations.  This event is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law, the Washington Foreign Law Society, and the International Law Section of the DC Bar.…

April 17, 2014 Anti-corruption in Brazil: Practical Challenges and Promising Strategies

Please join us for a discussion of the anti-corruption challenges facing Brazil, including a discussion of the practical implications for companies seeking to do business in Brazil, and the strategies that the Brazilian government and companies doing business in Brazil can employ to address these challenges.  *Note that this is a brown bag lunch. …

March 24, 2014 The TTIP: Perspectives from the USTR and the Delegation of the EU to the United States

On June 17, 2013, President Obama, together with European Council President Van Rompuy, European Commission President Barroso, and UK Prime Minister Cameron, announced that the United States and the European Union (EU) would launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.…

March 19, 2014 Sanctions Briefing: Wednesday, March 19

Please join the American Bar Association’s Export Controls & Sanctions Committee, the International Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of DC, the Washington Foreign Law Society, and the National Council on International Trade Development (NCITD) for an impromptu, off the record brown bag lunch discussing the recent imposition of sanctions by the U.S.…

March 5, 2014 Joint Happy Hour for International Law

Join the WBA International Law Forum for a fun evening of mingling with members of fellow international law organizations! Meet new colleagues, catch up with old friends, and learn what the various groups have to offer. There is no cost to attend. Drinks and appetizers will be available for purchase.…

February 21, 2014 Cyber Attacks: The Perfect Crime? A Lawyer’s Guide to the World of Cybersecurity

When seconds matter, do you know who to turn to or what steps to take to catch a cyber-criminal?  Join the American Bar Association Criminal Justice and Science & Technology Law Sections and the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force to witness a simulated cyber-attack & investigation and observe expert prosecution and defense strategies.…