WFLS News

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

Fireside Chat with Kurt Donnelly, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy
January 20, 2022

On January 20th, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a Fireside Chat with Mr. Kurt Donnelly, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy. The session was moderated by Michael Teodori, President of the Washington Foreign Law Society. Mr. Donnelly discussed his extensive career in the foreign service, and provided his views on the challenges and opportunities lying ahead for US climate and energy policy. Mr. Donnelly underscored the fundamental importance of multilateral instruments and fora in spurring progress in domestic policymaking as well.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank Mr. Donnelly for his time and insightful remarks.… Read More »

Happy New Year From the Washington Foreign Law Society!
January 3, 2022

The President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, Mr. Michael Teodori, issued the following letter to members, subscribers, and friends of the Washington Foreign Law Society.

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Dear friends of the Washington Foreign Law Society,

Warm greetings from the Board of Governors, and best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to you all. We hope you and your families are healthy and well, and we appreciate your continued support throughout these difficult times.

Despite the challenges of having confined our activities to a mostly digital environment for a second consecutive year, the season that just ended has been a rich and successful one for the Society.… Read More »

Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGO’s and the UN
December 7, 2021

On December 7th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar on Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGO’s and the UN. The program, which focused on the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) process at the UN level, featured  H.E. Amb. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other Organizations in Geneva, Allison Pytlak, Program Manager, Disarmament Program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank Ms. Pytlak and Amb. Lauber for their kind contribution.… Read More »

How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability
November 4, 2021

On November 4th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society held a webinar on “How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability“, featuring Mr. Dmitri Alperovitch (Executive Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator) and Prof. Els de Busser (Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University).

The webinar focused on legal and technical challenges relating to cyber attribution. The Washington Foreign Law wishes to thank Mr. Alperovitch and Prof. de Busser for their participation.… Read More »

WFLS Members elect New Board of Governors
October 20, 2021

The Washington Foreign Law Society held its annual meeting on October 20th, 2021. This was the first hybrid annual meeting in the Society’s history, with Members gathering both in person at the offices of Eni SpA and virtually to attend the meeting. Michael Teodori of Eni SpA was elected President of the Society for the 2021-2022 term. He succeeds Giuliana Canè, whom the Society wishes to warmly thank for her outstanding work during her time in office. Ms. Alexandra Bochnakova was elected Vice President of the Society.

Congratulations to Mr. Teodori and Ms. Bochnakova, and to all Members who were elected to serve in the Board of Governors.… Read More »

What future for the Rule of Law in Central America?
October 16, 2021

On October 14th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar entitled “What future for the Rule of Law in Central America?“, with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ricardo Zúniga (United States’ Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle) and Mr. Alberto Mora, Executive Director for Global Programs of the American Bar Association and Director of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative.

The program sought to shine a light on the state of democracy in Central America, with a specific focus on some countries in particular (such as Nicaragua) where the rule of law appears to be under increasing strain as key electoral appointments approach.… Read More »

From John Jay to John Roberts: The Law of Nations in U.S. Courts
August 25, 2021

On August 24th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar entitled “From John Jay to John Roberts: The Law of Nations in U.S. Courts“, with Mark Feldman and Thomas Lee, and moderated by Michael Teodori.

The program – which followed the Society’s May 12th event on international human rights in the Supreme Court – sought to take a historical look at how customary international law has been dealt with by US courts, moving from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Nestlé v. Doe, and considering possible repercussions on the Alien Torts Statute.

The Society wishes to thank Prof.… Read More »