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.

November 13, 2012 Reception Honoring Mexico

On November 13, the Washington Foreign Law Society honored Mexico at its annual reception in the State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms.  The event was co-sponsored with Harold Koh, the State Department’s Legal Adviser. Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan accepted the honors in a keynote address to the well over 350 people in attendance. …

October 11, 2012 WFLS Fall Happy Hour

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted its Fall Happy Hour at One Lounge in Dupont Circle. The event brought together many current and future WFLS members to socialize and discuss future WFLS events. A great time was had by all.…

October 2, 2012 Re-Argument Discussion with Counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 the Washington Foreign Law Society and GWU Law School hosted a post re-argument discussion with counsel in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and others who have been closely following the case. The discussion addressed the October 1 Supreme Court oral arguments over whether U.S.…

October 1, 2012 Accountability and Legal Protections for Victims of Human Trafficking

On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the American Society of International Law, with support from the Open Society Foundations, hosted a luncheon continuing legal education course at Tillar House on accountability and legal protections for victims of human trafficking.…

September 28, 2012 Roundtable with the Departments of State and Treasury on Implementation of the Latest Sanctions on Iran

On Friday, September 28, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, the American Society of International Law, and cooperating committees of the ABA Section of International Law presented a special breakfast program with legal representatives from both the Department of State and Department of the Treasury. …

September 13, 2012 The European Sovereign Debt Crisis: A Political and Economic Guide

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) were pleased to present a special breakfast program on September 13, 2012 at Arnold & Porter LLP with Tim Adams, Managing Director of the Lindsey Group, former Treasury Undersecretary and CSIS Senior Advisor, and Heather Conley, Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. …

June 21, 2012 WFLS Annual Garden Party

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) held its annual Garden Party on June 21, 2012. The event brought together dozens of members of the WFLS community to socialize, discuss programs during the last year, and plan for the coming year.  The year’s accomplishments thus far include the programming of seven events over the last six month period, which included collaborations with the World Bank, ASIL, ABA and others and distinguished guest panelists from the government, international NGO’s, the private sector and academia.…

May 30, 2012 Special Breakfast Program on CFIUS Featuring Treasury Department’s Mark Jaskowiak

The Washington Foreign Law Society and co-sponsors were pleased to present a special breakfast program with Mark Jaskowiak, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury Department. Mark discussed and answered questions about the process followed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in its reviews of transactions involving foreign investment in the United States.…

May 23, 2012 Gala Dinner Honoring Senator George J. Mitchell

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) awarded Senator George J. Mitchell the annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for Senator Mitchell’s role in advancing the rule of law in his extraordinary career as a legislator, diplomat, and leader. The award was presented at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, May 23, beginning at 7 pm. …

November 1, 2011 Reception Honoring Japan

On November 1, the Washington Foreign Law Society co-hosted its annual reception with Harold Koh, the Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State, in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State.  The honoree for the 2011 reception was Japan, and Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki accepted the honors in a keynote address to the more than 250 people in attendance. …

October 25, 2011 WFLS and ABA Breakfast on Careers in International Anti-Corruption

The Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Committee of The ABA Section of International Law and local D.C. law schools presented an expert panel on careers in international anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. …

October 24, 2011 World Bank Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Efforts

The Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the World Bank presented a panel discussion on Monday, October 24, at 8:30 am on the Bank’s sanctions system, including the role of the Integrity Vice Presidency, the Sanctions Evaluation and Suspension Officers, and the Sanctions Board in determining whether the evidence is sufficient to support a finding that a firm or individual engaged in sanctionable misconduct, whether sanctions are appropriate, as of what point the company will be temporarily suspended, and how sanctions are determined by the Evaluation and Suspension Officers and how they may be appealed to the Sanctions Board.…

September 21, 2011 Washington Foreign Law Society Annual Garden Party

On September 21, 2011, the Washington Foreign Law Society held its annual Garden Party and membership meeting.  The event brought together dozens of members of the WFLS community to socialize, discuss programs during the last year, and plan for the coming year.   …

July 20, 2011 After the Protests: Supporting Democratic Transitions in the Middle East

The interim governments in Egypt and Tunisia have promised transitions to democratic rule and the Tunisian and Egyptian people have embraced the opportunity for reform.  They have begun to form new associations to address the many needs facing their country as it transitions to democracy. …

June 29, 2011 Rule of Law in Conflict Zones – A Discussion with Brigadier General Tom Ayres

Brigadier General Tom Ayres, Assistant Judge Advocate for Military Law Operations for the United States Army, explored the legal apparatus behind U.S. military “stability operations” and its role in the development of the “rule of law” in post-conflict Iraq and Afghanistan.…

May 18, 2011 Gender Violence & State Accountability

Carolyn Lamm, a Partner at White & Case, Immediate Past-President of the American Bar and the current ABA representative to the United Nations, was the featured speaker at the event “Gender Violence & State Accountability,” hosted by the Washington Foreign Law Society.…

April 28, 2011 WFLS Annual Gala

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) was delighted to award Mr. William H. Neukom the Society’s annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for his important work in advancing the rule of law. The award was given at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC.…

March 28, 2011 Embassy Roundtable: A Conversation with Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan

Trade and investment, migration, and border security are just some of the factors critical to the relationship between the United States and Mexico.   We are delighted that the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, shared his thoughts on these and other issues.…

March 15, 2011 WFLS/ASIL CLE INSTITUTE: “Revisiting ICSID Annulment — The Twin Challenges of Finality and Correctness”

In recent years, losing parties in investor-state arbitrations brought under the framework of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) have increasingly sought to have adverse decisions annulled by ad hoc Committees.…

November 1, 2010 Reception Honoring Australia

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser were pleased to honor Australia at this year’s annual reception at the State Department. The event was held in the stunning and historic diplomatic reception rooms at the U.S.…