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

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 »

Happy New Year from the Washington Foreign Law Society
January 8, 2021

The President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, Ms. Giuliana Canè, 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,

We hope this note finds you all in the best of health and spirits notwithstanding the strenuous challenges of the past several months. The Board of Governors wishes to extend to you and your families warmest wishes for a Happy New Year.

As a difficult year ends and a new one begins, we would like to take a moment to pause and reflect upon how our Society has had to change and adapt in order to respond to such an unprecedented moment in our history.… Read More »

Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Laws, Part 1. From Watergate to Biden — 43 years of international anti-corruption efforts since the birth of the FCPA
December 10, 2020

On December 10th, 2020, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted the first instalment of its new virtual series, Issues and Trends in International Anti-Corruption Law. Ms. Pascale Dubois and Ms. Lucinda Low featured as the first speakers of the series, which will continue in the following months with additional instalments. Both panelists have been involved in anti-corruption efforts for over two decades: Ms. Dubois is the former World Bank Vice President for Integrity and currently an International Executive Advisor and Independent Expert, while Ms. Low is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she leads the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department.… Read More »

Dissecting Monasky v. Taglieri: the U.S. Supreme Court’s new standard for Habitual Residence under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention
November 17, 2020

On November 17th, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar on the Supreme Court case of Monasky v. Taglieri. The event was moderated by Ms. Melissa Kucinski (MK Family Law, PLLC, Washington, D.C.) and featured contributions by Mr. Richard Min (Burger Green & Min, LLP, New York, NY) and Mr. Jonathan Lounsberry (The Stevens Firm, P.A., Spartanburg, SC).

Mr. Lounsberry and Mr. Min went over the facts of the case, involving a dispute over the custody of an infant child, and outlined the questions addressed by the Court. The panelists then discussed the Court’s holding that an actual agreement is not necessary to establish an infant’s habitual residence, which put to rest diverging Circuit Court interpretations and constitutes a shift from a parent-centric approach in the determination of the notion of ‘habitual residence’.… Read More »

Jazz and Conversation with Judge T. Michael Peay
October 29, 2020

On October 27th, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar with Judge T. Michael Peay, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Assistant Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. The webinar was moderated by Georgetown Law Professor David P. Stewart, and was attended by 49 virtual participants.

Judge Peay delighted the audience with his outstanding musical talent and legal expertise. While showcasing his vast repertoire of jazz melodies, judge Peay spoke about his extensive career in the State Department and at the Organization of American States. He recalled fascinating anecdotes from his time as a negotiator of international agreements and dispensed advice to students interested in a career in international law.… Read More »

Redefining Career Success In Uncertainty with Executive Coach Donna Jones Daley
May 5, 2020

On May 5th, the Washington Foreign Law Society premiered its first online offering through a webinar joined by 50 participants.

2020 Annual Gala Honors Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of ICSID
February 27, 2020

On February 13, 2020, the Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) hosted its Annual Gala honoring a distinguished individual associated with the Washington professional community, whose efforts and involvement in the development of international law exemplify the spirit of Harry LeRoy Jones, the founder of the Society. This year, the WFLS chose to award Meg Kinnear with the Harry LeRoy Jones Award. Meg Kinnear is a Vice President of the World Bank Group and Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Her commitment to streamline procedures and advance the reform of investor-state dispute settlement system, including through the rules amendment project, advancing diversity, and the discussion of a possible investor court made her the right recipient for this distinguished award.