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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

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). 

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 .

Call for panel proposals for the ABA Section of International Law's Fall Conference in Miami

The ABA Section of International Law is calling for  panel proposals for its 2017 Fall Conference , which will take place on  October 24-28, 2017 , at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Florida.  All panel proposals should focus on the meeting's theme: " Doing Business in the Americas in the New Global Economy: A New Dawn in the Hemisphere? " Please relate your program proposals to the following: 
Recent elections and transitions in countries such as the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Peru promise to bring change across the hemisphere.    In the United States, for example, renegotiation or exit from free trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreements were the subject of the campaign by both parties.  Beyond trade, globalization and the rising populist calls affect all aspects of cross border practice, from litigation and arbitration, rising consumer class actions, immigration, and transactional and regulatory work.  While the United States may be shifting course towards increased protectionism, countries in Latin America, such as Argentina, Brazil and Peru, are rolling back the same policies and seeking to encourage foreign investment.  At the same time, regional developments continue to fundamentally alter the economic and political landscape of the region, including, for example, Operation Car Wash in Brazil, the development of UNASUR, and rejection and renegotiation of a peace deal in Colombia.    What do these developments mean for lawyers practicing law in the Americas from Alaska to Argentina across all disciplines? How are lawyers from outside the Hemisphere affected? The Conference will explore these questions from the perspective of multiple practice areas and regions.
For programming ideas centered on dispute resolution, please contact Ed Mullins ( The ABA also has expressed a strong preference for panel ideas that discuss transaction-oriented issues.
The deadline to submit program proposals is January 11, 2017. Proposals may be submitted to: .
For further details or questions, you may contact the ABA Section of International Law's 2017 Fall Meeting Co-Chair, Cristina Cardenas, 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 17, 2017
The iLaw2017, the ILS Global Forum on International Law, newly rebranded from the former "ILAT", will be held on February 17, 2017 at the Conrad Hotel in Miami. The iLaw2017 will include the International Center for Dispute Resolution's (ICDR) Arbitration Track. The Program Brochure will be out shortly, but in the meantime, Save the Date!

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.

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The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Immediate Past Chair: Eduardo Palmer
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