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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

ILS Holiday Party

The Florida Bar International Law Section cordially invites you to join us for a special holiday party in honor of the Women in International Law Committee at the home of Section Chair Alvin Lindsay and Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay. The party will take place Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
The Women in International Law Committee will be collecting new or gently used women's professional attire and accessories to be donated to Dress for Success Miami. Dress for Success provides a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women who are entering or re-entering the workforce. Kindly bring new or gently used, interview appropriate women's suits; blouses; professional separates such as blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets; work appropriate shoes; jewelry and scarves; and/or handbags (briefcases, portfolios, or work appropriate handbags) with you to the Holiday Party. There will be collection boxes set-up at the entrance for you to deposit your donations. Please ensure that the items are clean/ironed as many of the organization's clients go directly to their interviews. Your donation will help Dress for Success stock up its clothing boutique for 2017!

When: Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Where:  365 Westwood Dr,  Key Biscayne, FL 33149
For more info: contact Naomi Tanaka, 305-459-6543

Call for Readers for Vis East Moot

The Fourteenth Annual Willem C. Vis East International Arbitration Moot is currently seeking readers to review Claimant and Respondent Memoranda submitted by competing teams. The Moot, which will take place in Hong Kong starting March 26, 2017, has more than 130 teams registered, which the highest number in its history. Readers will be receive 4-6 Claimants' Memoranda on or before December 20, 2016 and 4-6 Respondents' Memoranda on or before January 30, 2017.  Readers will have nearly three weeks to review and rank each set of Memoranda. Volunteers may also register to rank final Claimant/Respondent Memoranda. To volunteer, please follow this link and select the appropriate boxes (cannot attend but will evaluate written memoranda). 

Fidel Castro Dies at 90: Cuba's Developing Scenario
In a rapidly developing scenario, following the death of Fidel Castro ( ), the ILS remains committed to being the most accurate and balanced source for all international law issues related to Cuba. 

The International Law Quarterly - Fall 2016 Special Cuba Edition, downloadable by clicking on the image, touches on several of these open issues.

Consider also joining the ILS 2017 Visit to Cuba, advertised below. The trip will provide a unique opportunity to gain an objective insight on the challenges and opportunities following the new course of US-Cuba relations.

The International Law Section 2017 Visit to Cuba, February 26 - March 1, 2017

Th e International Law Section and its Cuba Committee are delighted to invite you to join your fellow members of the Section in this exclusive opportunity to visit Cuba with a select group of international legal practitioners.  Working within the restrictions imposed on travel to Cuba, we have partnered with Cuba Cultural Travel - an organization with nearly 20 years' experience running U.S. government licensed tours to Cuba, and a group with which we have worked before.  

  We invite you and your guest(s) to join our private law-oriented delegation for an eye-opening journey at this most pivotal time in U.S.-Cuba relations.  Our specially designed program will explore Cuba's current and past legal systems, as well as its rich and varied cultural heritage by engaging with local legal scholars, attorneys, musicians and artists, who will offer in-depth commentary on the Cuban legal system, US-Cuba relations, human rights, developments in the burgeoning Cuban private sector, as well art, music, and  history.

Our 3 night/4 day private journey (space is limited) includes the following:
  • Accommodations at the 5 Star Hotel Parque Central, considered to be Havana's finest
  • Meals at Havana's best paladares (private, non-Government run restaurants) 
  • Thought provoking lectures by renowned intellectuals, scholars and legal experts. NOTE: A select number of lectures may qualify for CLE credit, pending approval
  • Private performances and reception by prominent dance companies and musicians 
  • Guided tours of Havana's fascinating neighborhoods including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Habana Vieja
Click here for the program brochure and registration form. Full payment is due by December 1, 2016 to reserve your space on this trip.  Please note that the ILS' previous trip to Cuba sold out in a matter of days, so we urge that you confirm your participation right away.

NOTE:  Pricing for the trip does not include air fare as our delegation will be able to take advantage of the variety of new U.S. commercial airline routes to Havana, which have been significantly discounted in recent weeks.  However, please wait until you receive confirmation from Cuba Cultural Travel on or after December 1, 2016 to purchase any air fare.

Please contact Dani Perez ( for any programming questions, extended tour options, or special requests.


ILS Miami Vis Pre-Moot Competition

The 2017 Florida Bar ILS Miami Vis Pre-Moot Competition will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 and will take place at JAMS Miami Resolution Center, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2600, Miami FL 33131. CLE credit will be available to volunteer arbitrators.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer arbitrator or have a team to register, please contact Averil Andrews at .

Members News
Richard Montes de Oca Visits Cuba to Attend International Trade Fair and U.S. Ambassador Reception

On November 1 - 3, 2016, ILS Member Richard Montes de Oca, Managing Partner and International Corporate/Compliance Attorney at MDO Partners, attended FIHAV (Feria Internacional de La Habana), the largest international multi-sector trade fair in Cuba.  He met with several U.S. exhibitors, including General Electric, Caterpillar, Banco Popular and Stonegate Bank.   

Mr. Montes de Oca also met with various members of the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, Bufete de Servicios Especializados (BES), a specialized Cuba law firm, and the Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He also attended a reception at the home of the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, where he met with Ambassador DeLaurentis and representatives from various businesses, the U.S. government and cultural organizations from the U.S. interested in expanding and strengthening U.S.-Cuba relations.

Upcoming Events

December 9, 2016
The 33rd Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration will be hosted in Paris at the ICC International Court of ArbitrationSince 1983, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) have co-organized a series of joint colloquia to discuss various topics relating to international arbitration. The event's brochure is available by clicking here. To register, visit the event's website.

February 18, 2017
The  2017 Florida Bar ILS Miami Vis Pre-Moot Competition  will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017  and will take place at  JAMS Miami Resolution Center, 600 Brickell Avenue , Suite 2600, Miami FL 33131. CLE credit will be available to volunteer arbitrators.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer arbitrator or have a team to register, please contact  Averil Andrews     at .

From Our Members

Call for Short Articles: Share your Knowledge!

The ILS Gazette is accepting submissions for short articles or updates on current issues in international law. The articles should be shorter than 1000 words and will be in included in the " From Our Members" section of the Gazette. If you would like to share your piece with fellow ILS Members, please direct your submissions to the ILS Gazette Editor, Fabio Giallanza (

Fall 2016 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Fall 2016 ILQ - Special Cuba Edition is now available to view and download here.

If you are interested in submitting an article in the next ILQ or have questions, please contact Rafael Ribeiro:

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2015-2016 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Lex International
  • White & Case
  • Akerman LLP
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Bryan Cave
  • Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan & Kohlman, P.A.
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • Jones Day 
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Tenzer PLLC

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2015-2016, various firms, companies and suppliers sponsored the Section. We look forward to another year of innovative programs where we can advance international law and further promote our sponsors.  Contact Elizabeth Ortega at   for more details.

  Become a Sponsor  for the 2016-2017 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Immediate Past Chair: Eduardo Palmer
Chair-Elect: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Secretary: Carlos F. Osorio
Treasurer: Clarissa Rodriguez