WFLS News

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

New Year’s Greetings from the Washington Foreign Law Society
January 4, 2013

From Sam Witten, President, Washington Foreign Law Society:

Happy New Year from the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society! We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season. This message provides you an update on the Society’s activities in 2012. We are looking forward to an equally successful 2013, beginning with our first program, next Wednesday, January 9, featuring State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh. This program will be co-sponsored with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Details here.

Thanks to your support in 2012, we began the year with 1,100 subscribers on our mailing list and ended with over 2,000, a dramatic increase.…

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New Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Federal Contracts and Subcontracts
December 10, 2012

On December 10, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society had a lively, interactive discussion of the implications of President Obama’s Executive Order dated September 25, 2012, entitled ‘‘Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts,’’ which will have far-reaching consequences for a broad range of federal contractors and subcontractors both in the U.S. and abroad, The Executive Order and the forthcoming revisions to federal contracting regulations place significantly more responsibility on contractors and subcontractors to prevent trafficking and forced labor. The efforts of the Executive Branch and non-governmental organizations have come at a time of increased Congressional activity on the issue and possible forthcoming federal legislation on the subject.

International Aspects of Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank
December 10, 2012

On December 10, 2012, Jacqueline Mesa, Director of the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, discussed regulatory reform in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in a Washington Foreign Law Society event entitled “International Aspects of Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank.” The event – which drew a diverse group of attendees from the private and public sectors, academia, as well as representatives of foreign governments – provided an overview of international consensus in regulatory reform through the G-20 Leaders Commitment as well as the importance of international harmonization in rule-making.

Reception Honoring Mexico
December 6, 2012

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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.