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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
iLaw 2017: the ILS Global Forum on International Law
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The ILAT,  which for over a decade has  been Miami's leading international law conference, is now "iLaw2017: The ILS Global Forum on International Law" .
iLaw will feature a rich program with interesting presentations on cutting-edge issues in international law. This year, iLaw2017 is joining forces with the International Centre of Dispute Resolution and featuring the new ICDR arbitration track. 

The ILS Votes on Judicial Term Limits

The ILS' Legislative Committee has informed the Florida Bar of its position on Fla. HJR 1 (2017) proposing, among the others, an amendment to the State Constitution to limit to 12 consecutive years the number of years supreme court justices and district court judges may hold the same office and prohibiting justices or district court judges from being reappointed for 1 year after leaving office. The ILS joined the Fla. Bar Board of Governors; the Young Lawyers' Division and many sister sections (including BLS, RPPTLS and the Appellate Law Section) in opposing the proposed legislation.

The Annual Florida Bar International Law Section Vis Pre-Moot Competition

The event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at JAMS Resolution Center in Miami (the day after the International Law Section's 2017 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.  The Florida Bar has approved CLE credits for this event.
We still need volunteer arbitrators for both the morning and afternoon rounds, which are scheduled as follows:  
AM ROUNDS from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Round 1 - 9:00 AM
Round 2 - 10:45 AM
PM ROUNDS from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Round 3 - 1:30 PM
Round 4 - 3:15 PM
After the competition has ended, Hogan Lovells will be hosting an awards ceremony cocktail at their offices, to start approximately at 5:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to help law students with their arguments before their trip to Vienna, as well as a great networking opportunity. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer arbitrator or would like more information, please email Cristina Vicens ( ) or any of the Committee Members, and indicate whether you prefer morning or afternoon rounds.

Upcoming Events

February 14-15, 2017
The Florida Chamber of Commerce will host its International Days - Florida's leading conference convening top international trade and industry experts. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

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. 

February 21-25, 2017
Arbitration Rules in Practice, jointly organized by VIAC, YAAP, ArbAut and the Sommerhochschule. The course addresses young arbitration practitioners and PhD and diploma students and offers a four-day program on international commercial arbitration and participation in the Vienna Arbitration Days 2017. For more information, click here.

February 24-25, 2017
Vienna Arbitration Days 2017 The 10th Anniversary of VAD will discuss the topic "Repositioning Arbitration." Over the years the Vienna Arbitration Days, Vienna International Arbitral Centre being one of the co-organizers, have become the leading arbitration conference in Austria. Click here to learn more.

March 2, 2017
A seminar titled Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Domestic Courts, hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 601 Lexington Avenue, 31st floor, New York 10022 from 5 to 8pm. Domestic courts in the US and Europe have issued several recent decisions dealing with the enforceability of international arbitral decisions. From enforcing vacated awards, to the treatment of ICSID final awards, to arbitrator independence and sovereign immunity, these cases have affected the landscape for enforcement of international arbitration awards. To learn more and register, click here.

March 2-4, 2017
The CPR Institute's Annual Meeting will be held on March 2-4, 2017 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami. The event is an opportunity to explore the roles of inside counsel and outside counsel and ways they can best collaborate to improve dispute resolution processes and practices around the world.  For more information and to register, visit

March 9, 2017
International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates of North America annual meeting will be taking place in Fort Lauderdale March 9 th and 10th  2017. CLE is normally awarded for 8 hours. For further information, visit the event website or contact Laurence D. Gore

March 10, 2017
On March 10, 2017, a CLE seminar on "Doing Business in Cuba" will be held  at Barry University - Andreas School of Business from 8am to 4.30am,  ILS members, Richard Montes De Oca, of MDO Partners, and Peter Quinter, of Gray Robinson, will take part in a panel titled "How To Do Business in Cuba Legally and Ethically. Click for the event brochure and program.

March 15, 2017
The  International Bar Association will hold its 2nd Annual Latin American Bar Leaders' Summit, 15 March 2017, in Buenos Aires at the Colegio Publico de Abogados de la Capital Federal. The panel is titled "The role of the legal profession in fighting corruption" will examine the professional ethics and implications arising from situations such as the duties and obligations of lawyers who become aware of financial crimes, the implications in terms of professional secrecy, client confidentiality and reporting obligations, as well as looking at what measures  could be used to prevent mistakes which were made in connection with money laundering legislation from reoccurring. Click here for the event program.

March 27, 2017
On March 27, 2017, starting at 6pm at the Atlanta Campus of the University of Georgia School of Law, Terry Third Thursday Room, 3475 Lenox Road NE, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler of Geneva University Law School will deliver the Second Annual  Hendrix Lecture of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) Professor Kaufmann-Kohler  is known worldwide for her expertise in international arbitration: she has acted in over 200 international arbitrations, mainly as an arbitrator. The lecture is presented by the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, the Dean Rusk International Law Center, and the University of Georgia School of Law, as part of the law school's Georgia Women in Law Lead (Georgia WILL) initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association. To learn more and register, click here.

May 19, 2017
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution will hold a seminar titled " Business Dispute Management: Challenges and Opportunities in Times of Crisis" in Curitiba, Brazil at Universidade Positive. For more information, visit the event website.

Winter 2017 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Winter 2017 ILQ - Focus on International Internal Investigations 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:

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ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2016-2017 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Akerman
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • White & Case
  • Bryan Cave
  • Coffey Burlington
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • MDO Partners
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Stokes McMillan Antunez
  • Tenzer PLLC
  • Wilberforce

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.  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
Chair-Elect: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
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