Keep up with the latest news and events from the Washington Foreign Law Society.

2020 Annual Gala Honors Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of ICSID
February 27, 2020

On February 13, 2020, the Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) hosted its Annual Gala honoring a distinguished individual associated with the Washington professional community, whose efforts and involvement in the development of international law exemplify the spirit of Harry LeRoy Jones, the founder of the Society. This year, the WFLS chose to award Meg Kinnear with the Harry LeRoy Jones Award. Meg Kinnear is a Vice President of the World Bank Group and Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Her commitment to streamline procedures and advance the reform of investor-state dispute settlement system, including through the rules amendment project, advancing diversity, and the discussion of a possible investor court made her the right recipient for this distinguished award.

Diplomatic Reception Honoring Ethiopia
January 15, 2020

On October 23, 2019, WFLS held its landmark diplomatic reception honoring Ethiopia with over 150 people in attendance.Read more »

WFLS Pre-Holiday Wine and Cheese Party with the Ambassador of Hungary
January 10, 2019

On Monday, December 3, 2018, the Washington Foreign Law Society was honored to visit the Hungarian Embassy for a Pre-Holiday Wine and Cheese Party with Ambassador Laszlo Szabo.

He shared his views of Hungary’s role in building a 21st century Europe, introduced a new business development campus at the embassy, and led attendees in a tasting of Hungarian wines accompanied by a virtual tour of Hungary using Prezi, a presentation software tool he noted was founded and is headquartered in Budapest.

About Ambassador Szabo:

Ambassador Szabo, a medical doctor by education and training, was appointed Ambassador of Hungary to the United States in July 2017.… Read More »

Video: WFLS and Stimson Center Discussion: “The Nuke Ban Treaty: Now What?”
May 17, 2018

In July, 2017, 122 states voiced support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will enter into force 90 days after 50 states ratify it. However, none of world’s nuclear power states signed on, which poses the questions: how effective can the treaty be and how can one of its main goals, complete nuclear disarmament, be achieved through further treaty developments or other efforts?

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center hosted an on-the-record discussion on the prospects of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on December 6, 2017 at the Stimson Center’s office in Washington, DC.… Read More »

First Look! Compliance Update on the Newly-Effective EU General Data Protection Regulation
March 10, 2018

As of April 25, just one month before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, more than half of the companies surveyed by KPMG Global Legal Services reported they were not in compliance and less than 10% felt confident employees at their organization were fully aware of the new requirements imposed by the law.

The Washington Foreign Law Society invites you to a timely discussion on the GDPR, which introduces new obligations for those who collect or use the personal information of people located in the EU, and will have a broad reach to compel compliance from many firms not located in the EU.… Read More »

WFLS Announces Next Installment of Embassy Roundtable Series; Bulgarian Ambassador to Discuss Presidency of the EU Council
March 6, 2018

WFLS will join His Excellency, Tihomir Stoytchev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria for a discussion on Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

For six months, Bulgaria will be the lead administrator in the EU decision-making process.  At a time when the EU confronts many challenges, the Presidency of the Council of the EU has even greater significance – and not just for Europe.  We are delighted that Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev has agreed to share his thoughts on Bulgaria’s vision for the EU, and the successes and challenges so far in implementing Bulgaria’s key priorities in this short, six-month period.Read More »

Diplomatic Reception Honoring the French Republic
March 16, 2017

On February 7, WFLS held its landmark diplomatic reception honoring the French Republic in front of an audience of more than 200 attendees. For the first time in the history of the Society, the President of WFLS’ board of governors was a national of the country honored. After welcoming words from our President, he acting Legal Adviser, Richard Visek introduced the honoree, Ambassador Araud’s, whose remark were heartfelt. Thanks to the Embassy’s generosity, we enjoyed good music and wonderful champagne. The catering stepped up to the challenge raised by the country honored and the law library of the Library of Congress gratified us with a beautiful exhibition of manuscripts.…

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