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Dear ILS Members,

The Bahamas Bar Association has confirmed their attendance at our Saturday morning meeting to be held at Resorts World Bimini on Saturday, April 30. Keith Majors of Higgs & Johnson will be making a presentation to us at that time. We remain hopeful that the President of the Bahamas Bar Association, Mr. Kahlil Parker QC, will be able to attend as well. 

Next week, we will be reaching out separately to everyone who has registered for the retreat for a group orientation video conference call and Q&A session. Topics to be covered on that call will include transportation, accommodations, schedule of events, things to do on the island, tips for packing, Customs, Immigration and the Bahamas Health Visa. However, to be part of that call, you should register now at the link below. If you are ever going to attend an ILS Retreat, this is the one you really do not want to miss.  

On a more serious note which needs no further explanation, below please see the Statement of The Florida Bar International Law Section Condemning the Invasion of Ukraine, which was unanimously adopted at the Executive Council’s Mid-Year Meeting on March 31, 2022.   

James M. Meyer
Statement of the Florida Bar International Law Section Condemning the Invasion of Ukraine
ILS Retreat in Bimini - Registration Now Open!
Registration for the ILS Retreat in Bimini is now OPEN! Please join the International Law Section on April 29 - May 1, 2022, as we finally go "International." Please book your own travel to arrive at the ILS Retreat in Bimini by fast ferry from Ft. Lauderdale, seaplane from Miami, or a “regular” plane with wheels for landing gear. Weather permitting, you might also want to hitch a ride with one of our members on their private vessels or aircraft. Besides the professional comradery we are all accustomed to at ILS retreats, we will have the opportunity to meet with and hear from some of our colleagues from the Bahamas over breakfast on Saturday with the World-Famous Bimini Bread. We will also leave time to enjoy some fishing, diving, and lounging at the infinity pool above the crystal blue waters of the Gulfstream. Afterwards, maybe you want to enjoy a game of ring toss at the End of the World Sand Bar, a favorite watering hole of Ernest Hemingway, Adam Clayton Powell and Jimmy Buffett at the end of the road in Alice Town. Enjoy this special event for the Section and all the splendor that comes with a weekend among friends on the Islands in the Stream. To register, please follow this link. For hotel registration, please follow this link.

For any information, visit the Florida Bar International Law Section website at or email our Chair, Jim Meyer at

Call for Members: Europe Committee
Given the increasing interest of our members, the Florida Bar International Law Section has established a Europe Committee. 

The purpose of this committee is to cover legal and policy related developments in Europe. Beyond this general purpose, the committee will lead efforts to develop and maintain professional and cultural ties with legal and other professionals in Europe. Additionally, the committee will work to foster professional relationships between members of The Florida Bar and members of the various bar associations in Europe. Lastly, the committee is planning to organize events/webinars to improve understanding of the various legal, economic and cultural frameworks in various parts of Europe. 

Please contact the Chair of the Europe committee Susanne Leone at to obtain more information and to join the committee.
How Can YOU Earn CLEs?
ILS Members! Your good friends on the Int’l Law Board Certification Committee want YOU to apply to become Board Certified in International Law. Here’s how you can earn credits! Apply today!
  • Be a Mock Arbitrator at the ILS Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Competition (8.5 CLEs) Email Adrian Nunez for details (
  • Make Plans to the Attend the iLaw 2022 Global Forum on International Law this April 1, 2022 (8.5 CLEs)
  • Make Plans to Join Us at the ILS Retreat April 28-30 at Bimini (2-4 CLEs)
  • Attend ILS Webinars! In person and on-demand at The Florida Bar (2-6 CLEs per course) Go to
  • Prepare and Present an ILS Webinar. Want to learn more? Email Katherine Sanoja for your next big presentation (3-6 CLEs per course) (
  • Publish an Article in the ILQ. Email Laura Reich, ILQ Editor, with your pitch (3-6 CLEs per article) (
  • Did you write a Chapter for the ILS Desk Reference Book? Did you give a Webinar? Publish in the ILQ? Receive Credit. Email Clarissa Rodriguez for details (
Minimum standards for international law certification, provided in Rule 6-21.3, include:
·        Practice of law for at least five years, in either the United States or abroad, or four years with an LL.M. in international law or a related field;
·        Substantial involvement in the specialty of international law — 50% or more — during each of the three years immediately preceding application;
·        60 hours of approved international law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
·        Peer review; and,
·        A written examination.

The ILS Participation Challenge
The ILS Executive Board invites all ILS Members to compete in the 1st Annual ILS Participation Challenge and win amazing prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights. Here is how it works:

  1. Download your ILS Participation Challenge “bingo” card using this LINK, or come pickup your “hard card” at our upcoming September 22, 2021 cocktail event with the Haitian Lawyers Association to benefit the Ayiti Community Trust (see the invitation in the Gazette below). You will note that you can also check-off a square by attending that same event.
  2. To win, you must be an ILS member. If you want to play but are not a member, then you have yet another compelling reason to join!
  3. Mark the tiles on the ILS Participation Challenge “bingo” card as you complete each activity or event marked on that tile.
  4. You may only mark one tile per event or activity and only during the period from June 30, 2021 until the June 2022 Executive Council Meeting.
  5. Bring your marked ILS Participation Challenge card to the June 2022 Executive Council meeting OR scan and submit your card to me by that date.
  6. Any ILS member to mark the most squares (regardless of their position on the card) will enter the competition in the form of a drawing to win the first place prize: free attendance for one (1) at the next ILS retreat (including hotel, meals and other VIP treatment).
  7. Any ILS member that covers the card with two diagonal lines, from corner to corner (in the form of an “X”) will enter the competition in the form of a drawing to win second place prize: one complimentary ticket for iLaw2023.
  8. Any ILS member that completes any 5 consecutive squares (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) will enter the competition in the form of a drawing to win third place prize: dinner for two at il Gabbiano in Downtown Miami.
International Law Deskbook 2020

The International Law Section is proud to announce that its International Law Deskbook 2020 is now ready for shipping! Get yours today!

To purchase the International Deskbook 2020, please click HERE to log into your account on the Florida Bar's website. Once logged in, please click HERE to search for the International Deskbook 2020 by entering the course number 4039. You will then find the International Deskbook 2020 under "Course Materials."

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.

Upcoming Events
April 19, 2022 - Young ITA Talk North America Panel
The Florida Bar International Law Section invites all members to attend the Young ITA Talk North America panel discussion on "Transnational Litigation & International Arbitration: Managing Parallel Proceedings" tomorrow, Tuesday April 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. EST at the office of Holland & Knight in Brickell (701 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131). This in-person discussion will address the challenges of managing parallel proceedings across jurisdictions. It is not uncommon for parties to find themselves facing multiple proceedings spanning the civil courts, criminal courts, and arbitral tribunals. This program will feature a dialogue between leading arbitration practitioners and in-house attorneys concerning practical actions which can be taken to avoid or mitigate conflicting decisions. The panel will discuss the remedies that may be available to parties as well as consolidation or joinder of proceedings when possible. The discussion will feature panelist speakers Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta (Partner, Holland & Knight LLP), Jorge A. Mestre (Partner, Rivero Mestre LLP), and Eve Perez Torres (In-house Counsel, Chiquita Brands International, Inc.), and will be moderated by Sandra Friedrich (Lecturer in Law & Director of Miami Law’s International Arbitration LL.M. and Institute).

Please register here to attend: #YoungITATalks North America ( (click on “register online”). Please note that space is limited. This event is free of charge.
April 22, 2022 - Hong-Kong Gateway to China - Miami Gateway to LatAm
The Asia Committee of The Florida Bar International Law Section is excited to present a joint program with The Law Society of Hong. The event will take place on April 22, 2022, at 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. EDT. The program is titled “Hong Kong Gateway to China – Miami Gateway to Latin America.” It will cover a comprehensive exchange of ideas and information, including factors that make Miami and Hong Kong uniquely attractive to foreign companies and investors, the nuances of business formation laws and requirements, and real estate issues.
Professor Manuel Gomez and Tiffany Compres will present on behalf of The Florida Bar ILS. Ms. Olivia Kung and Ms. Louise Wong will present on behalf of The Law Society of Hong Kong. Additionally, Mr. Amirali Nasir, VP and Chair of the International Affairs Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong, will moderate a Q&A session. Mr. C. M. Chan, President of The Law Society of Hong Kong, will provide opening remarks together with Susanne Leone, Past Chair of the Asia Committee. Neha S. Dagley, Chair of the Asia Committee of The Florida Bar ILS, will serve as M.C. for the live webinar. To register, please follow this link.
April 27, 2022 - Lunch&Learn with Francesca M. Russo
The Florida Bar International Law Section invites all members to join its Lunch&Learn on April 27, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. The event, which will be in-person but also streamed virtually, features Francesca M. Russo, Shareholder at Gray Robinson. Francesca focuses her practice on intellectual property law and litigation, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has worked with a broad range of clients both domestic and international on all phases of the litigation process before federal and state courts in various areas of commercial litigation, including but not limited to breach of contract and tort claims, civil theft, trade secrets, trademark litigation, transportation litigation, real estate litigation, corporate and business litigation, directors and officers liability, and fraud. in addition to litigation, Francesca has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. A graduate of McGill University and Ottawa University Law School, Francesca earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University upon moving to the United States. To register for the event, please email Matthew Valdez of Fiduciary Trust International at
Winter 2022 ILQ
The International Law Quarterly - Winter 2022
The Winter 2022 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on Legal Globalization is now available. Click on the image above to download! 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 2019-2020, 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, Ana Maria Barton at, or Vice Treasurer, Cristina Vicens Beard at for more details.
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Davide Macelloni

Chair: James M. Meyer
Immediate Past Chair: Robert J. Becerra 
Chair-Elect: Jacqueline Villalba
Secretary: Richard Montes De Oca
Treasurer: Ana Barton
Vice-Treasurer: Cristina Vicens Beard

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