WFLS News

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

Rule of Law in Conflict Zones – A Discussion with Brigadier General Tom Ayres
June 29, 2011

With the United States currently expending significant effort in both Iraq and Afghanistan to shape each respective government and transform each country into a stable democracy, policymakers and military commanders have increased their focus on military involvement in reconstruction, stabilization and the development of the "rule of law" in post-conflict societies. Brigadier General Tom Ayres discussed how military lawyers have been at the forefront of this area of activity, assisting in the reconstruction of courts, facilitating the training of legal professionals, and engaging in a wide array of activities designed to rebuild broken legal landscapes.

Gender Violence & State Accountability
May 18, 2011

Carolyn Lamm, a Partner at White & Case, Immediate Past-President of the American Bar and the current ABA representative to the United Nations, was the featured speaker at the event "Gender Violence & State Accountability," hosted by the Washington Foreign Law Society. Ms. Lamm spoke about the lack of recourse for victims of state-sponsored sexual violence to criminally prosecute perpetrators or to receive remedies for harms stemming from sexual violence, whether state-sponsored or by those fighting against the state. Ms. Lamm detailed her efforts on behalf of the ABA to develop a system of civil responsibility for state-sponsored violence against women as a weapon of war and for a system of reparations to victims from these states.

WFLS Annual Gala
April 28, 2011

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) was delighted to award Mr. William H. Neukom the Society’s annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for Mr. Neukom’s important work in advancing the rule of law. The award was given at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. Mr. Neukom is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the World Justice Project, a multinational, multidisciplinary initiative to strengthen the rule of law. Mr. Neukom has previously served as General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation, President of the American Bar Association, and Chairman of Preston Gates & Ellis, and is currently the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Major League Baseball’s world champion San Francisco Giants.

Embassy Roundtable: A Conversation with Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan
March 28, 2011

Trade and investment, migration, and border security are just some of the factors critical to the relationship between the United States and Mexico. We are delighted that the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, shared his thoughts on these and other issues. Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan is a career diplomat. He served as deputy assistant secretary for Inter-American affairs and in 1993 was posted to the Mexican Embassy in the United States, where he served first as chief of staff to the ambassador and then as head of the counternarcotics office. He became chief of policy planning at the Foreign Ministry in 2000 and was appointed Mexican consul general to New York City. In 2006, he received the rank of ambassador, and in February 2007, he was appointed Mexican ambassador to the United States.

WFLS/ASIL CLE INSTITUTE: “Revisiting ICSID Annulment — The Twin Challenges of Finality and Correctness”
March 15, 2011

In recent years, losing parties in investor-state arbitrations brought under the framework of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) have increasingly sought to have adverse decisions annulled by ad hoc Committees. Professor David D. Caron first wrote about ICSID Annulment in the ICSID Foreign Investment Law Journal in 1992 and returned in this discussion to the current questions concerning annulment mechanism. He argued that this second wave of questions will be more difficult to address than the first, and summarized the mechanism's ups and downs.

U.S. Economic Sanctions on Iran: A Discussion with the Treasury and State Departments
February 9, 2011

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the American Society of International Law recently hosted senior U.S. Government officials Robert Cekuta from the State Department and Sean Thornton from the Treasury Department as they discussed new U.S. economic sanctions against Iran under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010. This event provided a unique opportunity for legal practitioners, the business community and the general public to learn directly from the officials responsible for implementation of U.S. policy about the Obama Administration’s plans and priorities for enforcement of sanctions against Iran. John Bellinger, former Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State and currently a partner in Arnold & Porter’s national security practice, moderated this important event.

Meet the 2011 WFLS Leadership
December 21, 2010

The 2011 WFLS Officers and Board of Governors are a group of Washington professionals who, like the WFLS members who elect them, advance some of the world’s leading international and foreign legal issues and work in some of the world’s top firms and organizations, government, and academia. They care actively for the Society and believe in its mission. The current President of the WFLS is Samuel Witten, former Deputy Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and currently Counsel at the law firm Arnold & Porter. The Board aims to strengthen the Society by engaging new and active membership and serving as a forum for promoting dialogue and opportunity regarding international and foreign legal matters. To this end, the 2011 Board is planning a series of traditional and new events and programs to grow the WFLS and increase member benefits.