WFLS News

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

What will U.S. Trade Policy under Biden look like and how will it be received by our friends and allies?
April 29, 2021

On April 27th, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the third instalment of its series on Issues and Trends in International Trade Law. The panel featured Tomas Baert (European Union Delegation to the United States) and Barbara Weisel (Rock Creek Global Advisor), and was moderated by Evelyn Suarez (The Suarez Firm, LLP).

The panelists presented their views on how US allies in Europe and Asia might receive President Biden’s apparent rapprochement to the US’s traditional partners, and what challenges lie ahead for international global trade.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank all panelists for their remarks and for the lively discussion.… Read More »

Cyber Insurance Exclusions: What War?
April 15, 2021

On April 15th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in conjunction with the Stimson Center, hosted the second instalment of its series on “Cyber Accountability – Who did it? Is it wrong? Can they be stopped?”. The conversation featured Mr. Jon Bateman (Carnegie Endowment) and Mr. Matthew McCabe (Marsh), and was moderated by Ms. Debra Decker (Stimson Center).

The topic of the day was cyber insurance exclusions, and conversely options available for businesses to shield themselves from state-sponsored cyberattacks. Mr. Bateman and Mr. McCabe discussed recent cases of cyber incidents affecting industry players, highlighting how some of them have led to unfulfilled insurance claims as a result of the assimilation of cyberattacks under contractual clauses excluding coverage in the event of war or terrorist activity.… Read More »

Panel Discussion: Public and Private Whistleblowers and The Need for Legal and Financial Assistance
March 31, 2021

On March 30th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the second instalment of its series on Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law. The panel featured prof. Jonathan J. Rusch (Georgetown Law; American University College of Law) and prof. Wim Vandekerckhove (University of Greenwich) and was moderated by WFLS Board Member Pascale Helene Dubois.

The panelists discussed divergences in whistleblower regulations in different jurisdictions, such as the United States and the European Union, and identified potential options for further strenghtening whistleblower protections in both public and private organizations.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank Ms. Pascale, Prof. Rusch, prof.… Read More »

Inside the Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations (Part Two)
March 18, 2021

On March 18th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the second instalment of a two-part interview series with Mark B. Feldman (Georgetown Law) and Jeffrey H. Smith (Arnold & Porter). The first segment took place on February 18th, and is available at this link.

In the second and final program of the series, Mark Feldman interviewed Jeff Smith, former General Counsel of the CIA. Mr. Smith first recounted his direct involvement in the exchange of spies between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, also popularized by Steven Spielberg’s 2015 picture “Bridge of Spies”. Mr. Smith provided a rich recollection of his trips to and from East Germany and negotiations with European counterparts.… Read More »

Armed Conflict in the 2020s: The Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region
March 4, 2021

On March 4th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the first installment of its new virtual series, “Armed Conflict in the 2020s”. The series premiered with a discussion on the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, featuring Prof. Alex De Waal (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy) and Prof. Awet Weldemichael (Queen’s University).

Prof. Weldemichael kicked off the conversation with a deep dive on the historical and political background to the conflict. Prof. De Waal then analyzed the conclusions of today’s UN Security Council, highlighting four key goals illustrated by the Council: bringing forth an immediate cease to the hostilities; ensuring humanitarian access in Tigray, especially in the wake of reports of widespread food emergency in the region; setting up an international investigation into abuses of human rights law and international humanitarian law; and guaranteeing the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray.… Read More »

Inside The Room: Attorney-Diplomats at work on U.S. Foreign Relations
February 18, 2021

On February 18th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the first of a two-part interview series with Mark B. Feldman (adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and former deputy and acting legal advisory at the Department of State), and Jeffrey H. Smith (former head of Arnold and Porter’s National Security practice and former General Counsel of the CIA), accomplished professionals and public servants with decades of experience in U.S. foreign policy.

For the first segment of the program, which is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law and by the ABA International Law Section, Mr. Smith interviewed Mr. Feldman. During his remarks, Mr.… Read More »

The UN: Defining Cyber Rules of the Road?
February 9, 2021

On February 9th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the first instalment of its new virtual series on tech policy, “Cyber Accountability – Who did it? Is it wrong? Can they be stopped?”, jointly organized with the Stimson Center, a Washington DC-based think tank focusing on international security issues. The event was moderated by Ms. Debra Decker of the Stimson Center and featured Mr. Bassem Hassan (Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations) and Mr. Robert M. Young (Legal Counsel, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division, Global Affairs Canada).

In the first discussion of the series, panelists looked at initiatives taken by States through the United Nations to encourage the development of a common understanding of international legal obligations, as well as voluntary standards or norms representative of responsible State cyber behavior.… Read More »