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

Recap: Special Luncheon with Ken Blanco
April 15, 2013

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco discussed the Department of Justice’s efforts to combat cross-border money-laundering and Kleptocracy. In overseeing the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS), at the DOJ, Ken was optimistic about the level of cooperation between DOJ and foreign counterparts, touting Colombia and Mexico as successful examples of cooperation with foreign government agencies, officials, and law enforcement. The Department’s cross-border anti-money laundering efforts and asset sharing have led to the sharing of millions of dollars with other countries to strengthen their anti-money laundering efforts. In addition, Ken explained AFMLS’ Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which targets and seeks to recover the proceeds of foreign official corruption that have been laundered into or through the United States.…

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The Future of International Mass Claims
April 3, 2013

The International Dispute Resolution Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Section, the D.C. Bar Litigation Section, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration presented a lunchtime program on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 addressing what may very well be the wave of the future in international dispute resolution – mass claims.

The topic of international mass and collective claims has finally reached critical temperature – U.S. class actions with an international component, mass claims in other national courts like Germany, collective claims before international tribunals (such as the ad hoc Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and the mass claims investment treaty arbitration Abaclat et al v.…

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Recap: Roundtable discussion on the Millennium Development Goals
March 25, 2013

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group held the event “Post-2015: The MDGs, Legal Reform, and Development Policy” at ASIL Headquarters. Panelists included Wade Channell, Senior Legal Reform Advisor at the U.S. Agency of International Development, Lara Goldmark, Senior Advisor to FSG Gold Fields Project, and Andrew Solomon, Director, Justice Sector Reform Advisor at BlueLaw International. The discussion was centered on the need for a rule of law component in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal Framework and the role lawyers should play in promoting economic, social, and cultural rights through legal reform.…

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LinkedIn Group for Members
March 13, 2013

The Washington Foreign Law Society has launched a LinkedIn group for paid members. As our mission statement says:

The Washington Foreign Law Society serves as a forum for the intersection of legal and non-legal professionals serving in public and private capacities to the many US Government agencies, foreign missions, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and national and global professional firms with a Washington presence. The Society encourages discussion and opportunity among its members to advance understanding of foreign law as well as its relationship to a host of non-legal areas affecting both public and private sector matters today.

The group will include discussion forums and job posts, providing members the opportunity to connect across a platform where many professionals and organizations have already established a presence.…

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2012 U.S. Sanctions in Review
February 26, 2013

On February 25, Steptoe & Johnson LLP hosted an overview of the many new developments in economic sanctions since the start of 2012. A panel of four speakers, including David Hardin (Miller & Chevalier), Meredith Rathbone (Steptoe & Johnson), Joanna Ritcey-Donohue (Kirkland & Ellis), and Nicholas Roegner (Jason Meade) discussed recent developments in the Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Myanmar sanctions regimes and also covered recent enforcement trends.…

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2012 U.S. Export Controls
February 13, 2013

On February 12, Baker & McKenzie hosted a panel discussion on significant developments in U.S. export controls in 2012. Topics included the Export Administration Regulations ( “EAR”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). Among other things, the panel discussed the latest developments in the Export Control Reform effort and recent enforcement trends. The panel included two private practice attorneys, Brett Johnson (Snell & Wilmer) and Jonathan Poling (Baker & McKenzie), who specialize in U.S. export control issues, and was moderated by Alexandre Lamy of Baker & McKenzie LLP.…

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A conversation with Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser at the State Department, on Critical Legal Issues Facing the United States
January 9, 2013

On January 9, 2013, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held an informal and spirited discussion with Harold Hongju Koh, the departing Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Koh reflected on his tenure from 2009-2013 as Legal Adviser and provided his thoughts on critical international legal issues facing the United States.

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