WFLS News

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

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 »

International Human Rights in the Supreme Court: 2021 Term
May 12, 2021

On May 12th, 2021, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a panel on “International Human Rights in the Supreme Court: 2021 Term”. The event was co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and by the International Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). The panel featured Lori Fisler Damrosch of Columbia Law School, Thomas Lee of Fordham Law, and Robert Barnes, SCOTUS reporter with the Washington Post; Mark Feldman of Georgetown Law moderated the discussion.

Panelists dissected recent Supreme Cases involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Alien Tort Statute. The discussion focused on what claims may be brought under such statutes in the context of human rights litigation against foreign powers.… Read More »

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 »