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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
ILS Visit to Cuba - Letter from ILS Chair Carlos F. Osorio to The Florida Bar

On  March 12, 2019 , as Chair of the International Law Section, Carlos F. Osorio sent a letter to Michelle Suskauer , President of The Florida Bar , to report the International Law Section's Third Official Visit to Cuba on March 1-5, 2019. During the visit, the ILS delegation met with a number of prominent Cuban lawyers and jurists, including a former Cuban Supreme Court Justice, and reconnected with René Gómez Manzano , one of Cuba's most prominent dissidents and author of the famous "La Patria es de Todos." The letter can be downloaded at this link

James M. Meyer and Carlos F. Osorio with Rene Gomez Manzano in Havana.

The University of Miami Inter-American Law Review Honors James M. Meyer

The Inter-American Law Review at The University of Miami invites you to the 37th Annual Lawyer of the Americas Banquet, honoring   James M. Meyer , founding partner of the law firm Harper Meyer. The event will be held on  Thursday, March 28, 2019 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center,  1330 Miller Drive RSVP HERE

Great Success for iLaw 2019

iLaw2019: The ILS Global Forum on International Law was a huge success with over 160 attendants. The Section thanks all who attended and presented and looks forward to the next edition.

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.

If you are already a member and would like to share your professional achievements with the ILS network, please submit all relevant information to Davide Macelloni, Gazette Co-Editor.

International Law Quarterly - Call for Articles

The editorial board of the International Law Quarterly is now requesting articles and proposals for the  Spring 2019 ILQ to be released before (and highlighted at) The Florida Bar annual convention in June.  Although proposals will be considered on any relevant international topic, the Spring ILQ will focus on  "International Cross-Border Investing."  We hope to have articles on a variety of topics, such as tax implications of cross-border investments, ICSID issues and recent cases, energy/infrastructure projects, pre-immigration tax planning, Brexit impact in UK and EU, investment in Cuba, and much more.  But we need your help to make this edition of the ILQ a success.
Drafts will be due from authors by early April 2019.  Please send your article proposals to Ana Barton ( and Laura Reich ( as soon as possible. 
Call for Committee Members

The Foreign Legal Consultants Committee of The Florida Bar's International Law Section needs committee members.  The committee works closely with The Florida Bar in connection with the Foreign Legal Consultants certification and review process.  The committee currently involves a significant time commitment, but the work is exciting and we are looking for enthusiastic attorneys who have an interest in improving workflows and processes.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Neha Dagley, the current Chair of the FLC Committee at or 786-505-4735.    
Advancing Strategic Partnerships with India

The Asia committee is inviting all ILS members to join a summit on "Advancing Strategic Partnerships with India" on March 21, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Patricia & Philipp Frost Art Museum, Modesto Maidique Campus, Florida International University in Miami.
The summit will also focus on the Bar Cooperation Agreement between the Indian National Bar Association and The Florida Bar International Law Section that was signed on November 26, 2018 in New Delhi and its purpose and potential for practitioners and academics. For more information please see our invitation below or contact Neha Dagley or Susanne Leone    
THANK YOU for a Successful Vis Pre-Moot 2019!

The Vis Pre-Moot Committee of the Florida Bar International Law Section 2019 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot thanks all sponsors, volunteer arbitrators and participating schools who contributed to the pre-moot's success.  A special thanks to JAMS, Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for their continuing support.
Teams from Florida International University, Florida State University, Stetson University, University of Florida and University of Miami competed on Saturday, February 23rd in preparation for the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna and Hong Kong.  This year's results:

Best Teams

First Place:               Stetson
Second Place:         UF
Third Place:             FSU
Best Oralist (MIAS - Burton A. Landy Outstanding Oralist Award)
                        First Place:  Matt Ceriale (Stetson)
                        Honorable Mentions:     Angel Bermudez (UM)
                                                                    Alex Busvek (Stetson)
Each school received a $3,500 stipend from the Florida Bar.  The top two Best Teams also received a prize from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 
We congratulate all the teams for a job well done!  See you in 2020!

2019 Vis Pre Moot Winners - Stetson Law
2019 Vis Pre Moot Runner-Up - University of Florida

Upcoming Events
March 19, 2019
You are cordially invited to attend The Intercultural Human Rights Law Review's Annual Symposium and reception on March 19, 2019 at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.
This year's topic will be Human Dignity: The Heart of Ethical Leadership. Click the following link for more information and to RSVP!

March 20-22, 2019
The International Bar Association ("IBA") Latin American Regional Forum and the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee will host the conference "Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America: Challenges and Best Practices in the Era of Compliance" in Santiago, Chile, March 20-22, 2019.  Latin America has experienced important changes and new challenges to mergers and acquisitions activity during the last few years. Compliance and best practice have arrived in all jurisdictions, companies and law firms, and they are now part of a new landscape. Uncertainties are being left behind, but there is a lot to do to continue the growth in developing Latin American economies, with a new political spectrum in most of the countries. This Conference will address these changes and challenges, as well as the opportunities that the implementation of best practice can create, opening the M&A activity in the region to more investors around the world. For more information or to register, click here.

March 21, 2019
The Asia committee is inviting all ILS members to join a summit on "Advancing Strategic Partnerships with India" on March 21, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Patricia & Philipp Frost Art Museum, Modesto Maidique Campus, Florida International University.  One of the focus topics is the Bar Cooperation Agreement between the Indian National Bar Association and The Florida Bar International Law Section that was signed on November 26, 2018 in New Delhi and its purpose and potential for practitioners and academics. For more information please see our invitation below or contact Neha Dagley, ; or Susanne Leone, .

April 4, 2019
The International Law Section invites all members to its Lunch & Learn with Manuel A. Gómez, Professor of Law, the Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies at Florida International University (FIU) and also the Director of the LL.M. Program. The event will be held at Fiduciary Trust Company International, 2 Alhambra Plaza, PH-1, in Coral Gables, Florida. To register, please contact Carolina Nepomuceno,

April 9-13, 2019
The ABA will hold its 2019 Annual Conference of the Section of International Law in Washington, DC at the  Capital Hilton Hotel 1001 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036-5794. For more information and to register,  click here.

April 28-30, 2019
The North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators will hold its Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program in International Arbitration in Miami, Florida.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is offering joint three-day international arbitration training and qualification program, leading to CIArb's prestigious Fellow status. The three-day Accelerated Route to Fellowship program will take place at JAMS in Miami, FL, April 28-30, 2019.  The program designed for senior practitioners in the field of dispute resolution. Fellowship is the highest grade of CIArb membership and allows the use of the designation FCIArb. For additional information and conference program, click here

September 3-7, 2019
The 57th International Young Lawyers' Congress of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats - International Association of Young Lawyers  will take place in Rome. The event will be an opportunity to network and learn with a focus on "Sustainability and the Law. Planet. People. Future." For more information or to register, please  refer to the event's website .

September 22-27, 2019
The International Bar Association invites all members to attend its 2019 annual conference, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea, a thriving metropolis that mixes the traditional with the modern - from skyscrapers, high-tech subways, K-pop culture and K-beauty to Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets and a history going back 5,000 years. For more information or to register, please refer to the event's website.

Winter 2019 ILQ
International Law Quarterly: Winter 2019

The new issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on International Human Rights is now available. Click on the image below to download.

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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 2017-2018, 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 c ontact our Treasurer, James Meyer at  for more details.

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The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Carlos F. Osorio
Immediate Past Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Chair-Elect:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Secretary:  Robert J. Becerra
Treasurer: James Meyer