WFLS News

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

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 »

Reforming Online Accountability: Can Lessons Be Learned From Across The Globe?
July 14, 2021

On July 14th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center held a joint event on “Reforming Online Accountability: Can Lessons Be Learned From Across The Globe?“. This was the fourth instalment in a series of events that the Washington Foreign Law Society and Stimson Center have jointly produced to consider cyber legal accountability. The earlier programs looked at State accountability – considering the work of the UN to further norms for State behavior in cyber space and the use of sanctions to discourage bad actors – and at insurers’ accountability for loss coverage for what some considered warlike acts.… Read More »

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Reform, Replace or Status Quo?
June 19, 2021

On June 17th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a presentation for a book edited by Alan M. Anderson and Ben Beaumont, entitled “The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Reform, Replace or Status Quo?”.

Alexandra Bochnakova, WFLS board member, introduced Mr. Anderson and the three panelist – Brian McGarry, Marryum Kahloon, and Kirian Gore – who each contributed a section in the volume.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to congratulate the panelists for their publication, and thanks them for their kind contribution. A discount code to purchase the book was provided to those who followed the panel – reach out to the Washington Foreign Law Society if you wish to receive it as well!… Read More »

Cyber Sanctions: Assessing Trends and Effectiveness
June 3, 2021

On June 3, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center co-hosted a panel on “Cyber Sanctions: Assessing Trends and Effectiveness”. The event featured Amb. Timo Koster (former diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NATO), Dr. Erica Moret (Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva), and Bruce McConnell (Stimson Center), and was moderated by Kathryn Rauhut (Stimson Center).

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank all panelists for the informative conversation. Stay tuned for more events in our Cyber Accountability program!… Read More »