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

Reception Honoring Mexico
November 13, 2012

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. Sam Witten, President of WFLS, and Harold Koh delivered remarks praising the collaboration between Mexico and the United States on a full range of legal issues and celebrated the increasingly close collaboration of the two countries. In addition to the spectacular surroundings of the reception rooms, the Law Library of Congress displayed a special selection of works from the Rare Book Collection relating to the legal and constitutional history of Mexico. As another special treat, guests enjoyed a video presentation on the beauties of Mexico and the musical performance of a mariachi band.

WFLS Fall Happy Hour
October 11, 2012

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. We hope to see you at our next gathering!

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

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. courts have jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Statute over aliens’ claims of human rights abuses against foreign corporations. The speakers included: Mr. Paul Hoffman, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, Lead counsel for Petitioners Esther Kiobel, et al.; Professor Ralph Steinhardt, George Washington University Law School, Co-counsel for Petitioners Esther Kiobel, et al.; and Professor Bradford Clark, George Washington University Law School, Amicus curiae in support of Respondents Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., et al.

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

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. The discussion included a review of current U.S. federal regulation and enforcement, as well as civil and criminal procedures. The panelists included Susan R. Benda, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Robert Reed, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense; Steven Watt, American Civil Liberties Union; and Jennifer Green, University of Minnesota Law School. The event was moderated by Martina Vandenberg from the Open Society Foundations.

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

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. The panelists discussed the significant new sanctions imposed under Executive Order 13622 and under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syrian Human Rights Act of 2012 (ITRSHRA). In particular, the panel discussed the issues associated with how these new sanctions will be implemented and enforced. The event was moderated by Jonathan Epstein, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP.

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

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. The panel engaged in a timely and lively discussion on the political and economic implications of the European sovereign debt crisis.

WFLS Annual Garden Party
June 21, 2012

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. Click here to view a short description of the past year’s events and/or to suggest an event for the coming months. The WFLS also received the report of the Nominating Committee and elected officers and members of the board of Governors for 2012-2013. Click here to meet the new Board and its officers.