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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
iLaw 2018 - Early Registration Ends Tomorrow!

There are only two days left to take advantage of the special rate for early registration to iLaw2018. The deadline is TOMORROW January 26, 2018. Don't miss this opportunity, REGISTER NOW!

The  iLaw2018 - The ILS Forum on International Law  will take place on 
February 16, 2018 at the Conrad Hotel,  2018, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131. Join the ILS for its annual flagship event in which leading practitioners, experts and neutrals present cutting-edge topics related to international arbitration, litigation, and business transactions. Once again, the ILS has partnered with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) for its arbitration track.

To register, visit the event's  webpage. Special rates are also available for judges, faculty and law students. Please click on the  event's brochure for more information.

The Conrad Hotel has offered conference attendees a group rate. To reserve a room, visit

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators! 

The  Florida Bar International Law Section Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot  will be held on  Saturday, February 17, 2018  at JAMS Resolution Center in Miami (the day after the International Law Section's 2018 iLaw Conference).  The ILS Vis Pre-Moot prepares law students from the largest law schools in Florida and beyond for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. The daylong event includes four rounds between the competing law schools with South Florida practitioners serving as arbitrators.   There will be CLE available for all volunteer arbitrators.  We need volunteer arbitrators for both the morning and afternoon rounds (9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:15 PM). If you are interested in serving as a volunteer arbitrator or would like more information, please email Danielle and Adrian at; and indicate whether you prefer morning or afternoon rounds.

SAVE THE DATE - New Retreat Dates Confirmed and Big News About Our 2018 Annual Section Meeting

The Florida Bar ILS has confirmed new dates for the Section's Retreat at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.  Our Section Retreat will take place on May 18-20, 2018.  Because of the proximity of the new Retreat dates to our annual Section meeting at the Florida Bar's Annual Convention, the Florida Bar ILS annual Section meeting will take place at the Retreat on May 18-20, 2018, in Bonita Springs.  More details and registration information to follow.

Members News
Robert Becerra Named a Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide

Becerra Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Robert J. Becerra has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in the 2018 South Florida Legal Guide in "Criminal Defense/Criminal Law"
"I am honored to once again be acknowledged as a top lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide and hope to continue once again to live up to that description in my practice." said Robert J. Becerra, the firm's Principal.

The South Florida Legal Guide is the premier resource serving the South Florida legal community. Selection to the South Florida Legal Guide's top listings are based entirely on peer nominations. Nominations are reviewed by the editorial department; standing with the Florida Bar, accomplishments and other factors that may attest to the individual's credentials are taken into consideration.

Mr. Becerra is a Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in International Law. His practice concentrates on civil and white collar criminal litigation in state and federal courts involving international trade matters, including exports, imports, Customs seizures, FDA detentions, cargo losses and trade-based money laundering. Becerra Law, P.A.'s website is found at
Upcoming Events

January 29, 2018
At the University of the Bahamas, Nassau the 6th Annual Arbitration & Investment Summit 2018 will take place on January 29, 2018, 8AM to 4.30 PM. The event will feature talks on the topic "Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Cooperation or Competition?" For more details on the program and registration details, please refer to the event's brochure

January 31, 2018
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a panel discussing NAFTA modernization on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8.30 am at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 50 Alhambra Plaza 
Coral Gables, FL 33134. The Consul General of Canada and Mexico are scheduled to speak at the event. For more information and to register, visit the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's website.

February 15, 2018
Globalization and the growth of cross-border investments have resulted in an increase in international disputes. Businesses are increasingly turning to international arbitration to resolve these conflicts. The International Center for Dispute Resolution organized panel of experienced practitioners and thought leaders to discuss the key differences between international arbitration and cross-border litigation as well as the emerging trends in international arbitration. The event will take place at the offices of Holland & Knight, 701 Brickell Ave, suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131. To learn more, refer to the event's brochure.

February 15, 2018.
The ILS Executive Council Mid-Year Meeting will take place in Miami on February 15, 2018. Save the date! More details will be posted in the next weeks.
February 16, 2018
The iLaw2018 - The ILS Forum on International Law will take place at the Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida 33131. Join the ILS for its annual flagship event in which leading practitioners, experts and neutrals present cutting-edge topics related to international arbitration, litigation, and business transactions. Once again, the ILS has partnered with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) for its arbitration track.  The Conrad Hotel has offered conference attendees a group rate. To reserve a room, visit . The cutoff date for reservations with the ILS group rate is January 24, 2018. Further details can be found in the iLaw 2018 Brochure.

February 17, 2018
Florida Bar International Law Section 2018 - Richard Dewitt Memorial Vis Pre Moot

February 22-24, 2018
Our partners of the  Barcelona Bar Association will celebrate their annual festivity, Sant Raimon de Penyafort, from February 22nd to February 24th, 2018 with a series of social events and conferences. To learn more, you can refer to the  program . To register, download and email the registration form to

March 2-4, 2018
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) will hold its Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program in Miami March 2-4, 2018.  The Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program is a designed for senior practitioners in the field of  dispute resolution procedures. Fellowship is the highest grade of Institute membership and allows the use of the designation FCIArb. The Program focuses on applicable laws and procedures for the conduct of efficient arbitration  hearings in complex international cases. Satisfactory assessment of performance in role play exercises will permit the candidate to take the award writing examination for qualification as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which will be administered as part of the program. For more information please refer to the event's  brochure.

Registration can be accomplished through the following link:

March 6, 2018
Join the 
Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation 
for its
GAR Live Event at Georgia State University. 
The event will feature an extensive program on the hottest topics in international arbitration and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, please refer to the event's website.

June 5-6, 2018
The German Bar Association (DAV) will be hosting its first International Bar Leaders Symposium on June 5th and 6th in the historic city of Heidelberg, Germany.  Don't miss this chance to benefit from inspiring presentations and to engage in a fruitful dialogue with legal professionals and experts from all over the world. Registration details are forthcoming.

October 7-12, 2018
The International Bar Association will hold its annual conference in Rome, Italy. To receive further information and registration details visit: 

Fall 2017 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Fall 2017 ILQ - 
Focus on International Dispute Resolution
 is now available to view and download

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2017-2018 cycle

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2016-2017, 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, Robert Becerra at  for more details.

  Become a Sponsor for the 2017-2018 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

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