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 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., NW, Washington, DC 20008.…

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.  …

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.…

February 6, 2014 U.S. and EU Sanctions Implementation of the Iran Joint Plan of Action

This event will be held at two locations and via teleconference: Baker & McKenzie LLP
815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10022 Begins: Feb 06, 2014 12:30 PM
Ends: Feb 06, 2014 2:00 PM
(All times are local per meeting location) Members of the Section of International Law or any cooperating entity may attend in person in Washington or New York at no cost or may register for the teleconference for $15. 

January 29, 2014 Careers in International Organizations

Working at an international organization offers unique insight into how international law is made through the convergence of national interests, personal dynamics, global realities, and constantly evolving norms. But how does a lawyer enter these labyrinths?…

January 15, 2014 Land Tenure: The Foundation for Economic Development

Land, property, construction and development constitute a significant portion of the gross domestic product of many nations, especially developing countries. But what happens when a country’s laws don’t provide secure land rights?…

December 4, 2013 2013 U.S.-China Legal Exchange: Chinese Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Law And Legal Aspects of Entreprenuership in China

This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities in three U.S. cities to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape.…

December 2, 2013 BG Group v. Argentina: The Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court Today

On December 2, 2013, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first ever investment arbitration case to come before the Court. Prof. George Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School, and Chief Reporter for the forthcoming American Law Institute, Restatement (Third) of the United States Law of International Commercial Arbitration and Ignacio Suarez Anzorena, Partner, Clifford Chance and formerly Abogado, Procuración del Tesoro de la Nación, Solicitor General’s Office, Republic of Argentina, will discuss the case and oral argument the very same day, mere moments after the argument has ended.…

November 19, 2013 The Future of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership

On November 19, 2013, the American Society of International Law, will host a panel discussion of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative. The Partnership, which encompasses the former-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, seeks to strengthen the relationship between the EU and its Eastern neighbors through economic cooperation and political reforms.…

November 15, 2013 New Rules to Combat Human Trafficking in Federal Contracts

Please join Arnold & Porter LLP, the Professional Services Council and the Washington Foreign Law Society for a special breakfast program to discuss the new proposed Anti-Human Trafficking rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that will affect federal contractors and subcontractors both in the U.S.…

November 14, 2013 Reception to Honor The Kingdom of Denmark

Registration is now open for the Washington Foreign Law Society’s Reception to Honor The Kingdom of Denmark on the evening of November 14, 2013.
  • Tickets: $45
  • Students: $30
  • WFLS Members: $35
  • WFLS Student Members: $20
WFLS Members and Student Members will receive a coupon code via e-mail.