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

Drones and the Rule of Law and War
April 29, 2013

WFLS would like to highlight an event in the greater DC area that will focus on the rule of law and the United States’ current drone program.  The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Homeland Security Project will host a discussion convening legal and policy experts on the rule of law and war to discuss the use of drones and targeted killings.  Panelists will evaluate issues like the current frameworks regarding the use of drones, the ramifications of a “drone court,” the targeting of U.S. citizens abroad, and whether Congress should examine what these policies mean for the country.  This panel will feature John Bellinger, former Legal Advisor at the Department of State and the National Security Council.…

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Kiobel: What are people saying?
April 23, 2013

Check out our Storify on the Kiobel panel and its implications for the use of the ATS for human rights claims. Read more »

Meet the Board: Piper Hendricks
April 15, 2013

There are many benefits to membership at the Washington Foreign Law Society, including the opportunity to attend events alongside our distinguished Board of Governors. Over the next few months, WFLS will be interviewing some of our Board Members to showcase the unique and diversified talent behind the Society. Our first featured Board Member is Piper Hendricks, Founder and Executive Director of p.h. balanced films.


Tell us how you started p.h. balanced films. Were there any particular experiences from your work a human rights lawyer that inspired you?

Completely unbeknownst to me, the seeds of p.h. balanced films were planted many years ago during my judicial clerkship in the Southern District of Florida.…

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Recap: Special Luncheon with Ken Blanco
April 15, 2013

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco discussed the Department of Justice’s efforts to combat cross-border money-laundering and Kleptocracy. In overseeing the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS), at the DOJ, Ken was optimistic about the level of cooperation between DOJ and foreign counterparts, touting Colombia and Mexico as successful examples of cooperation with foreign government agencies, officials, and law enforcement. The Department’s cross-border anti-money laundering efforts and asset sharing have led to the sharing of millions of dollars with other countries to strengthen their anti-money laundering efforts. In addition, Ken explained AFMLS’ Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which targets and seeks to recover the proceeds of foreign official corruption that have been laundered into or through the United States.…

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The Future of International Mass Claims
April 3, 2013

The International Dispute Resolution Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Section, the D.C. Bar Litigation Section, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration presented a lunchtime program on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 addressing what may very well be the wave of the future in international dispute resolution – mass claims.

The topic of international mass and collective claims has finally reached critical temperature – U.S. class actions with an international component, mass claims in other national courts like Germany, collective claims before international tribunals (such as the ad hoc Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and the mass claims investment treaty arbitration Abaclat et al v.…

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Recap: Roundtable discussion on the Millennium Development Goals
March 25, 2013

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group held the event “Post-2015: The MDGs, Legal Reform, and Development Policy” at ASIL Headquarters. Panelists included Wade Channell, Senior Legal Reform Advisor at the U.S. Agency of International Development, Lara Goldmark, Senior Advisor to FSG Gold Fields Project, and Andrew Solomon, Director, Justice Sector Reform Advisor at BlueLaw International. The discussion was centered on the need for a rule of law component in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goal Framework and the role lawyers should play in promoting economic, social, and cultural rights through legal reform.…

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LinkedIn Group for Members
March 13, 2013

The Washington Foreign Law Society has launched a LinkedIn group for paid members. As our mission statement says:

The Washington Foreign Law Society serves as a forum for the intersection of legal and non-legal professionals serving in public and private capacities to the many US Government agencies, foreign missions, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and national and global professional firms with a Washington presence. The Society encourages discussion and opportunity among its members to advance understanding of foreign law as well as its relationship to a host of non-legal areas affecting both public and private sector matters today.

The group will include discussion forums and job posts, providing members the opportunity to connect across a platform where many professionals and organizations have already established a presence.…

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