WFLS News

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

WFLS Hosts Drinks and Conversation with Members
June 30, 2022

On June 29, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a Happy Hour with Members and friends from DC’s international legal community. During the event, Board Member Mark Feldman (former Acting Legal Adviser, US Department of State)  and Robin Matthewman (career member of the Senior Foreign Service, now at the Association for Diplomatic Studies) briefly discussed their latest work – the completion of Mark Feldman’s oral history with the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

For those interested in learning more, Mark’s oral history is available here: https://adst.org/OH%20TOCs/Feldman.Mark.pdf. The work will constitute the basis for the WFLS’s first podcast series, forthcoming this summer – stay tuned!… Read More »

Cyber Norms, Law and Accountability: Roads to Progress?
June 1, 2022

On May 31st, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center co-hosted a webinar on Cyber Norms, Law and Accountability: Roads to Progress? The panel featured Michele G. Markoff (Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Cyberspace Security at the US Department of State), Katitza Rodriguez (Policy Director for Global Privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation), and was moderated by Alison Pytlak (Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and Manager of the Disarmament Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom). Additionally, Michael Teodori (President, WFLS) provided introductory and closing remarks.

Summary of the event: Diverse international events in the past few years, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, increased reliance on digital technologies for remote work, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have resulted in an increase in cybercrime with an accompanying challenge to cyber norms and international law.… Read More »

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the American Society of International Law (ASIL)
May 20, 2022

Dear Washington Foreign Law Society Members and Subscribers,

Please find below a job announcement from the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

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Executive Director of the American Society of International Law (ASIL)

The American Society of International Law (“ASIL” or “the Society”) seeks an accomplished leader with vision, proficiency in international law, and proven management skills to serve as its next Executive Director starting (ideally) in mid-September 2022.

About ASIL. The Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 by then-Secretary of State Elihu Root and chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL is widely regarded as the leading nongovernmental organization dedicated to the advancement of international law.… Read More »

Pissarro in the Courts: Foreign Sovereign Immunity Update 2022
May 11, 2022

On May 10th, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar on recent cases concerning the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act. The panel featured Mark B. Feldman (former Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State, current Georgetown Law), Peter Gutherie (Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State), Sally Pei (Arnold & Porter), and was moderated by Giuliana Canè (Executive Secretary, IDB Group Administrative Tribunal; former President of WFLS). Additionally, Michael Teodori (President, WFLS) provided introductory and closing remarks.

Summary of the event: In 2022, several cases under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) and implicating cultural property stolen by the Nazis during World War II have had significant decisions released.… Read More »

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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