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Dear ILS Members:

We’re only a few weeks away from iLaw2024 and the anticipation from our leadership, speakers, sponsors and members continues to grow! It’s turning out to be a fantastic program of speakers and international law topics. As you’ll see in the program, we have been able to attract several prominent speakers who are from Florida, other states, and other countries, as well as distinguished in-house counsel. We also have a fascinating Keynote Speaker in Ryan Abott who will be speaking on The New Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption. The Conference will be on February 16, 2024, at the JW Marriott MarquisPlease see the flyer and links below to see the full Conference Program and Registration details.  Please note that EARLY BIRD RATES end on January 26. We can’t wait to see you all there! 

We’re also excited about our Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot competition, which is taking place on February 17, 2024, in person at the JAMS Resolution Center in Miami and virtually (via Zoom). Applications for participants have continued to come from schools across the country and abroad, so it is sure to be another successful event. We’re still looking for volunteer arbitrators! If you’re interested or need more information about our Vis Pre-Moot please contact Pedro Jedlicka ( or Carolina Goncalves (

Finally, please note that our ILS Executive Council Midyear Meeting will take place on February 15, 2024, at Greenberg Traurig, 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4000, Miami, FL 33131, at 4:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend, and we look forward to presenting our various Board and Committee Reports. Board and Committee Members, please send your Reports to Elizabeth Hockensmith (


Richard Montes de Oca, Esq.

ILS Chair


Registration for iLaw2024 is Now Open!

The Florida Bar International Law Section's Flagship Conference is finally here! Click on this link to sign up for iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law held at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2024, featuring opening and closing plenary sessions, a lunch keynote speaker, and three parallel tracks on international litigationinternational arbitration, and international business transactions with practitioners from Mexico, Italy, BVI, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, USA, and beyond!


Special iLaw2024 rates are being offered for room reservations at the JW Marriott Marquis – don’t miss the opportunity to stay in one of Miami’s premier hotels. Click here to book!

To view and download the 2024 iLaw Program, please click here!



For any information, visit the Florida Bar International Law Section website at or email the iLaw2024 Co-Chairs,

Davide Macelloni ( and Adrian Nuñez (

iLaw2024 Opening Plenary Panel on 2023 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trends: U.S. International and Cross-Border Rules, Compliance, Best Practices and Enforcement

Take a look at the Opening Plenary Session Panel for the iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law happening at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2023.

This panel discussion aims to address the growing importance of cybersecurity and data privacy for individuals and organizations globally. Industry experts, technologists, and attorneys will come together to examine the changing international landscape in this field.

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators for the 2024 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot

Call for volunteer arbitrators! The Florida Bar International Law Section is looking for volunteers to participate as arbitrators for the Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The Pre-Moot will host students from top law schools, both domestic and international, to present arguments before panels of volunteer arbitrators in preparation for the most recognized moot competition in the world, the Willem C. Vis Moot. Up to 7 hours of Florida CLE is available for all volunteers.

You can register by clicking here!

Volunteers may participate in person (preferred) or virtually (via Zoom). The Pre-Moot will be held at JAMS Resolution Center in Miami, 600 Brickell Ave., Suite 2600, Miami, Florida, the Saturday after the International Law Section's 2024 Flagship iLaw Conference. Volunteers may indicate their preference for morning or afternoon rounds (or both).

The Pre-Moot will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Pedro Jedlicka ( and Carolina Goncalves (

Save the Date for the 2024 Richard Dewitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot!

Register for the February 6 Customs Bootcamp Hosted by Torres Trade Law!

Madrid Bar Association to Hold Expert on International Maritime Law Course from January 29 to May 30, 2024!

In an increasingly interconnected world, international maritime law emerges as an essential discipline for those seeking to stand out in the world of Law.

Aware of the growing global demand for legal specialization in this area, the Madrid Bar Association presents its innovative Expert Course in International Maritime Law, designed to prepare and position course takers as leaders in the resolution of disputes and crucial negotiations in the maritime world.

The course will begin on January 29 and, through 92 teaching hours, will run until May 30, offering eminently practical and updated content as well as visits to the main maritime institutions in the country.

Don't miss this opportunity to become a reference in International Maritime Law. Enroll now and navigate towards a successful professional future!

To view and download the complete course program, please click here!

Join an ILS Committee Today!


Amicus Committee


Chair: Edward Mullins


Arbitration & Mediation Committee

Chair: Gary Birnberg

Asia Committee


Chairs: Neha Dagley | Fred Rocafort


CLE Initiatives Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz


Europe Committee


Chairs: Susanne Leone | Davide Macelloni


Foreign Legal Consultant Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra


iLaw Steering Committee


Chairs: Davide Macelloni | Adrian Nuñez


ILS Deskbook Committee


Chairs: Pamella Seay | Laura Reich | Clarissa Rodriguez


ILS Gazette Committee


Chair: Matthew Akiba


Immigration Liaison Committee

Chair: Larry S. Rifkin

International Law Certification Committee


Chair: Robert Kossick


International Law Quarterly Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

International Tax Law Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen


Law School Liaison Committee


Chairs: Prof. Manuel A. Gomez | Laura Reich


Legislative Committee


Chair: Carlos F. Osorio


Lunch & Learn Committee


Chair: James Meyer

North America Committee


Chair: Nouvelle Gonzalo


Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee


Chairs: Andres Sandoval | Priscila Bandeira


White Collar Crime Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

Join the International Law Section!

If you are reading the Gazette, chances are that you are a practitioner or a student with an interest in International Law, one of the most wide-ranging, exciting and challenging legal specialties. Everyone in our field knows how crucial it is to stay on top of diverse and evolving national legal regimes, and at the same time, the difficulty of keeping meticulously up-to-date on developments around the world.

The International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar is here to help you, the practitioner, navigate both the everyday and big-picture challenges of our field. Our Section is your forum to share knowledge and best practices, and to meet and mingle with peers in professional collaborations that can only enhance your grasp of the specialty and your standing among clients and peers.

Let ILS membership assist you in developing a thriving international practice through peer network development that includes important shared learnings and reciprocal referrals of clients and casework.

If your practice transcends borders, join us in making this the authoritative, go-to forum for Florida and the gateway to the region for anyone practicing International Law. Our Section is open to lawyers from other states and countries, full-time faculty at U.S. law schools, and full-time U.S. law students, all of whom may participate as associate members. For more information regarding membership with the ILS, click HERE.

Turn in your membership application TODAY!

International Law Quarterly

Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Fall 2023

"Focus on BRICS"

The Fall 2023 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on BRICS is now available.

Click on the images above to download or please click here!

For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please follow this link.

Visit Our Sponsors

The ILS Thanks its Sponsors 

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2022-2023, 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. To learn more, read the Section's sponsorship package. You can also contact our Treasurer, Laura Reich at or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloni at for more details.

ILS Board Members and Officers

Chair: Richard Montes de Oca

Chair-Elect: Ana Barton

Secretary: Cristina Vicens Beard

Treasurer: Laura Reich

Vice-Treasurer: Davide Macelloni

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

ILS Executive Council

Terms Expiring in 2024

Fabio Giallanza

Jeffrey S. Hagen

Davide Macelloni

Penelope Perez-Kelly

Yine Rodriguez-Perez

Terms Expiring 2025

Gary Birnberg

Phillip Buhler

Jennifer Diaz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Prof. Manuel A. Gomez

Omar K. Ibrahem

Adrian Nunez

Pamella A. Seay

Terms Expiring 2026

Matthew Akiba

Lauren Bengochea

Neha Dagley

Gary E. Davidson

Nouvelle Gonzalo

Susanne Leone

Jennifer Mosquera

To learn more about the ILS Executive Council Members, click here!

About the ILS Gazette

The ILS Gazette is a weekly publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section that informs members about upcoming programs, initiatives and resources.

If you have any questions about the Gazette or wish to include an announcement in future publications, please contact our ILS Gazette Editor, Matthew Akiba at

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