WFLS News

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

The Washington Foreign Law Society Hosts Talk on Foreign Government Censorship Policies: Challenges for U.S. Businesses
April 12, 2022

On March 31st, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar on Foreign Government Censorship Policies: Challenges for U.S. Businesses. The panel featured Martha Lawless (U.S. International Trade Commission), Allie Funk (Freedom House),  Daphne Keller (Stanford Center for Internet and Society), Nigel Cory (The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), and was moderated by Kate Linton (U.S. International Trade Commission).

Summary of the event: In January 2022, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released the first of two reports focused on foreign censorship policies and practices and their impact on U.S. businesses. This report, requested by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, highlights the evolution of censorship-related policies and practices in six key foreign markets: China, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia.… Read More »

Acts of War? Accountability for Cyberattacks in Ukraine
March 9, 2022

On March 9th, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar on Acts of War? Accountability for Cyberattacks in Ukraine, organized jointly with the Stimson Center. The panel featured Liis Vihul (Cyber Law International), Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade (Johns Hopkins SAIS), and Laurie Blank (Emory Law School), and was moderated by Bruce McConnell (Stimson).

Summary of the event: International law places limitations on States on the use of force, i.e. any action causing death, destruction or injury. International law is clearly being violated currently in Ukraine and gives actors a legal right to response within the framework of international humanitarian law (or ius in bello).… Read More »

WFLS Welcomes New Chair of Programs
February 16, 2022

The Washington Foreign Law Society welcomes Ms. Kimberly Larkin as its new Chair of Programs and Member of the Board.

On her appointment, Kimberly said, “I am honoured to have been selected as Chair of Programs for the Washington Foreign Law Society and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the planning of the exciting events we have ahead of us”.

Please find an announcement from Ms. Larkin’s law firm: https://www.threecrownsllp.com/kimberly-larkin-appointed-to-the-board-of-governors-of-the-washington-foreign-law-society/

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Fireside Chat with Kurt Donnelly, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy
January 20, 2022

On January 20th, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a Fireside Chat with Mr. Kurt Donnelly, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy. The session was moderated by Michael Teodori, President of the Washington Foreign Law Society. Mr. Donnelly discussed his extensive career in the foreign service, and provided his views on the challenges and opportunities lying ahead for US climate and energy policy. Mr. Donnelly underscored the fundamental importance of multilateral instruments and fora in spurring progress in domestic policymaking as well.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank Mr. Donnelly for his time and insightful remarks.… Read More »

Happy New Year From the Washington Foreign Law Society!
January 3, 2022

The President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, Mr. Michael Teodori, issued the following letter to members, subscribers, and friends of the Washington Foreign Law Society.

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Dear friends of the Washington Foreign Law Society,

Warm greetings from the Board of Governors, and wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to you all. We hope you and your families are healthy and well, and we appreciate your continued support throughout these difficult times.

Despite the challenges of having confined our activities to a mostly digital environment for a second consecutive year, the season that just ended has been a rich and successful one for the Society.… Read More »

Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGO’s and the UN
December 7, 2021

On December 7th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar on Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGO’s and the UN. The program, which focused on the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) process at the UN level, featured  H.E. Amb. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other Organizations in Geneva, Allison Pytlak, Program Manager, Disarmament Program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank Ms. Pytlak and Amb. Lauber for their kind contribution.… Read More »

How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability
November 4, 2021

On November 4th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society held a webinar on “How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability“, featuring Mr. Dmitri Alperovitch (Executive Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator) and Prof. Els de Busser (Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University).

The webinar focused on legal and technical challenges relating to cyber attribution. The Washington Foreign Law wishes to thank Mr. Alperovitch and Prof. de Busser for their participation.… Read More »