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Photos from 2012 Gala
June 4, 2012

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Special Breakfast Program on CFIUS Featuring Treasury Department’s Mark Jaskowiak
May 30, 2012

The Washington Foreign Law Society and co-sponsors were pleased to present a special breakfast program with Mark Jaskowiak, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury Department. Mark discussed and answered questions about the process followed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in its reviews of transactions involving foreign investment in the United States. Treasury chairs the interagency Committee responsible for reviewing certain foreign investments for potential national security concerns.

WFLS Gala Honored Sen. George Mitchell, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
May 23, 2012

The Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) was pleased to award Senator George J. Mitchell the annual Harry LeRoy Jones Award for Senator Mitchell’s role in advancing the rule of law in his extraordinary career as a legislator, diplomat, and leader. The award was presented at the Society’s annual Gala dinner, held at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, May 23, beginning at 7 pm. Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, Harold Hongju Koh, introduced Senator Mitchell at the dinner.

Photos from Kiobel Panel
March 2, 2012

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Quick Response Panel: A Recap and Analysis of the Supreme Court Oral Arguments Addressing the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
March 2, 2012

The Washington Foreign Law Society; the Immigration & Human Rights Committee and the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the DC Bar International Law Section; the International Environmental Law Committee and the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law; the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; and the American Society of International Law Present:

Quick Response Panel:  A Recap and Analysis of the Supreme Court Oral Arguments Addressing the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
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Quick Response Panel: A Recap and Analysis of the Supreme Court Oral Arguments Addressing the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
March 1, 2012

On March 1, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in cooperation with other organizations, presented a morning discussion on the Supreme Court oral arguments addressing the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. In 2010, the Second Circuit ruled in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), which allows lawsuits in U.S. courts for violations of international law, does not create a legal basis for suits against corporations. The Court’s ruling could have major ramifications for the future of litigation against corporations in U.S. courts for human rights violations that take place outside the United States. Thanks to all who participated by phone or in-person with a panel of well-known experts discussing what lies ahead for the ATS.

China’s Restrictions on the Internet: Actionable Trade Barriers?
February 15, 2012

The Washington Foreign Law Society and the International Trade Committee of the International Law Section invite you to hear officials of the Executive and Legislative Branches and industry representatives discuss China's restrictive Internet practices, the impact those practices have on U.S. firms, and the potential WTO implications.