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The International Law Section Gazette
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ILS Chair's News & Notes
Dear ILS Members,

Winston Churchill once said “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”  As international lawyers, one very rewarding way that we can “give” within the context of our profession is by mentoring students and young lawyers who are hoping to follow in our footsteps.  Opportunities to do so abound, starting as early as tomorrow morning (February 19) at our Section’s very own 2022 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis International Pre-Moot Competition to be held at JAMS, where students from 14 law schools participating from at least 6 different countries will be demonstrating their advocacy skills.  Come show your support at the day-long competition or, if you prefer, stop by for the awards ceremony at the end of the day and cocktail reception to follow. If you have any questions, please contact Committee Chair Adrian Nunez ([email protected]). 
If mentoring law students in the pro bono context is more to your liking, then the Florida Bar Foundation has the program for you. They have enlisted our Section’s help to recruit lawyers for their Florida Law School Challenge, a mentoring/pro bono initiative running through March 25. The program has a lot of law students who have signed up but not nearly as many lawyers. If you are interested, open this link to the Foundation’s challenge site for more information:
Finally, if you would like to help students at the University of Central Florida who are interested in becoming legal assistants, the Legal Studies Department is seeking 25 mentors for their students to spend 30 minutes working with a student via email, telephone or video conference to provide them feedback about their resume, and another 30 minutes to conduct a mock interview.  If you would like to participate, please contact UCF Faculty Member and Professional Ambassador Christy Foley by signing up at
Take it from the British Bulldog. Give whenever you can and live your best life. 

James M. Meyer
iLaw2022 - Registration Open!
Registration for iLaw2020 is now OPEN! Please join the International Law Section on April 1, 2022, for its flagship one-day conference featuring great programming in international arbitration, international litigation, and international transactions. Early bird pricing will be open until March 7! Please find links as follows:

For any information, visit the Florida Bar International Law Section website at or email the iLaw2022 Chair, Cristina Vicens.

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 ([email protected])
  • 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) ([email protected])
  • Publish an Article in the ILQ. Email Laura Reich, ILQ Editor, with your pitch (3-6 CLEs per article) ([email protected])
  • 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 ([email protected])
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.

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators:
2022 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot
The Florida Bar International Law Section will hold its 2022 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot TOMORROW, February 19, 2022 from 8:45 AM to 5 PM EST in hybrid format for the first time and we need your support as a Volunteer Arbitrator. At least 14 law schools from around the globe will be participating. 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 and Hong Kong. We hope you will join this important and exciting event as a Volunteer Arbitrator. CLE credits will be provided for this event for Florida practitioners (historically including certification credits, for civil trial, international law and international litigation & arbitration).
We need volunteers for all rounds, which are scheduled as follows:
Round 1 - 9:00 AM – 1030 AM
Round 2 - 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Round 3 - 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Round 4 - 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Pease click on the following link and indicate your availability and preferences: Sign up here!
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
March 2, 2022
Please join the University of Miami School of Law's White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program and International Arbitration Institute on March 2, 2022, for the 2022 White & Case International Arbitration Lecture on "International Arbitration and EU Law: Still on a Collision Course?" featuring George A. Bermann. Starting at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Miami School of Law, the lecture, which will be conducted in hybrid form with the possibility for attendees to join via Zoom as well, will discuss the difficult coexistence between international arbitration and the European Union - two of the world's most robust international law regimes - which has recently seen hostility erupting to the the point that each of the two regimes regards the other as the prime threat to its authority. The contestation has been waged on several fronts and, while the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment agreement will mitigate them, mutual antagonism persists. Guests must pre-register to attend this event. To register, please follow this link.
March 10, 2022
Please join Jennifer Diaz, Founding Partner of Diaz Trade Law, on March 10, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., for the webinar "Equality in Gender & Trade." The webinar will provide insights into the impact gender plays in the trade community throughout the world. Presenters will discuss the increased integration of women in the trade community as well as how international trade agreements can be used to advance women's rights. Some of the key questions being discussed include why consider trade through the lens of gender, how do women fit in the picture, what is the impact of trade on women's disposable income, how do nations improve conditions for women in the global marketplace, and how do customs and border management practices affect women traders. The webinar is open to anyone interested in gender and trade. To register, please follow this link:
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 [email protected], or Vice Treasurer, Cristina Vicens Beard at [email protected] 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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