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

2012 U.S. Sanctions in Review
February 26, 2013

On February 25, Steptoe & Johnson LLP hosted an overview of the many new developments in economic sanctions since the start of 2012. A panel of four speakers, including David Hardin (Miller & Chevalier), Meredith Rathbone (Steptoe & Johnson), Joanna Ritcey-Donohue (Kirkland & Ellis), and Nicholas Roegner (Jason Meade) discussed recent developments in the Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Myanmar sanctions regimes and also covered recent enforcement trends.…

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2012 U.S. Export Controls
February 13, 2013

On February 12, Baker & McKenzie hosted a panel discussion on significant developments in U.S. export controls in 2012. Topics included the Export Administration Regulations ( “EAR”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). Among other things, the panel discussed the latest developments in the Export Control Reform effort and recent enforcement trends. The panel included two private practice attorneys, Brett Johnson (Snell & Wilmer) and Jonathan Poling (Baker & McKenzie), who specialize in U.S. export control issues, and was moderated by Alexandre Lamy of Baker & McKenzie LLP.…

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A conversation with Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser at the State Department, on Critical Legal Issues Facing the United States
January 9, 2013

On January 9, 2013, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held an informal and spirited discussion with Harold Hongju Koh, the departing Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Koh reflected on his tenure from 2009-2013 as Legal Adviser and provided his thoughts on critical international legal issues facing the United States.

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New Year’s Greetings from the Washington Foreign Law Society
January 4, 2013

From Sam Witten, President, Washington Foreign Law Society:

Happy New Year from the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society! We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season. This message provides you an update on the Society’s activities in 2012. We are looking forward to an equally successful 2013, beginning with our first program, next Wednesday, January 9, featuring State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh. This program will be co-sponsored with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Details here.

Thanks to your support in 2012, we began the year with 1,100 subscribers on our mailing list and ended with over 2,000, a dramatic increase.…

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New Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Federal Contracts and Subcontracts
December 10, 2012

On December 10, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society had a lively, interactive discussion of the implications of President Obama’s Executive Order dated September 25, 2012, entitled ‘‘Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts,’’ which will have far-reaching consequences for a broad range of federal contractors and subcontractors both in the U.S. and abroad, The Executive Order and the forthcoming revisions to federal contracting regulations place significantly more responsibility on contractors and subcontractors to prevent trafficking and forced labor. The efforts of the Executive Branch and non-governmental organizations have come at a time of increased Congressional activity on the issue and possible forthcoming federal legislation on the subject.

International Aspects of Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank
December 10, 2012

On December 10, 2012, Jacqueline Mesa, Director of the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, discussed regulatory reform in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in a Washington Foreign Law Society event entitled “International Aspects of Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank.” The event – which drew a diverse group of attendees from the private and public sectors, academia, as well as representatives of foreign governments – provided an overview of international consensus in regulatory reform through the G-20 Leaders Commitment as well as the importance of international harmonization in rule-making.

Reception Honoring Mexico
December 6, 2012

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