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World Bank Economist Klaus Deininger to Moderate Panel on Land Tenure
January 6, 2014

Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist of the Development Economics Group at the World Bank, will moderate the January 15th panel on land tenure at the American Society of International Law.  Dr. Deininger’s areas of research focus on income and asset inequality and its relationship to poverty reduction and growth; access to land, land markets and land reform and their impact on household welfare and agricultural productivity; land tenure and its impact on investment, including environmental sustainability: and capacity building (including the use of quantitative and qualitative methods) for policy analysis and evaluation, mainly in the Africa, Central America, and East Asia Regions. … Read More »

Message Regarding Today’s Export Controls Luncheon
October 25, 2013

Today's luncheon will feature Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Control. Kevin Wolf is unable to attend due to an inadvertent scheduling conflict.

Ziad Haider Discusses White House Fellows Program
October 24, 2013

On Tuesday, October 15, White House Fellow alumnus Ziad Haider visited the American Society of International Law to enlighten young professionals about the White House Fellows Program and answer their questions.  This event was co-sponsored by the Washington Foreign Law Society.  After giving the audience a snapshot of the application process, Mr. Haider led a discussion that touched on his intimate personal journey to the program, the profile of other Fellows in his class, and the various challenges that one can expect throughout the course of the Program.  On several occasions following questions, Mr. Haider stressed the importance of applicants’ remaining as well rounded as possible. …

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Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on the World Bank Group’s Sanctions System
July 5, 2013

The World Bank is conducting a global, multi-stakeholder consultation on the World Bank Group’s Sanctions System. The consultation is intended to the Group evaluate the implementation of the system thus far, with a view to identifying possible entry points for making improvements.

The Sanctions System is an administrative process for sanctioning firms and individuals found to have engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive or obstructive practices in connection with Bank-financed projects. This system provides parties alleged to have engaged in a sanctionable practice with a level of due process before a decision on sanctions, if any, is imposed. To capture any areas that may need improving, the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group is conducting consultations with external stakeholders to solicit feedback on the system.…

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WFLS Honors Christine Lagarde at Society’s annual Gala dinner
June 20, 2013

On Tuesday evening, June 4, the Washington Foreign Law Society honored Christine Lagarde at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, which was held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery.

Summary of ASIL/UNA Program: Support for the Syrian Insurgency
June 14, 2013

"Support for the Syrian Insurgency: What UN and International Norms Apply?" was held at the Tillar House on May 29, 2013. Mona Yacoubian first provided background. Three “dynamics” have been consistent since the outset of the Syrian crisis and help to explain how the conflict morphed from peaceful protests to sectarian civil war. First, the Syrian regime viewed the protest movement, although initially peaceful, as an existential threat. Secondly, the opposition was divided and had no common vision for a post-Assad Syria. Finally, there was no international consensus on how to respond to the Syrian crisis. Syrian spillover has already affected neighboring countries, particularly Lebanon and Iraq. As a result, U.S. policy perforce reflects “a strong degree of caution.”Read more »

Summary of ASIL/UNA Program: Use of Force Against a Nuclear Threat from Iran
June 11, 2013

Would the use of force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons be consistent with the UN Charter and international law? This was the principal issue addressed during the second program in a series on “Use of Force” co-sponsored by ASIL and UNA-NCA, on April 26th at the American Society of International Law (ASIL).Read more »