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Dear ILS Members,

One of the goals set by the ILS for this term is to increase collaboration – collaboration among our members as well as collaboration with lawyers around the world, who practice international law. As you can see from the photos below of our various events this week, the ILS did just that! We hosted a stellar CLE panel presentation that brought together practitioners from the US, UK, Spain, Brazil, Hong Kong, and France. We signed Cooperation Agreements with the Bar Associations of Milan, Bergamo, and Paris, which will facilitate collaboration between our respective jurisdictions going forward. We met with lawyers from around the globe to discuss issues that impact the practice of international law and our commitment to support and promote the uniform application of the Rule of Law globally. It was a wonderful week that was highlighted by meaningful personal connections to so many of our colleagues from around the world.

I look forward to seeing you next Thursday, November 10, at the ILS Orlando Luncheon. 

Best regards,

Jacqueline Villalba, Esq.

  Photos from the October 28th ILS Cooperation Signing Ceremony and Luncheon at Akerman with the Milan and Bergamo Bar Associations.

Photos from the October 29th ILS International Arbitration Battle Royale Event at Reed Smith, in conjunction with the Bar Council of England and Wales, CIArb Brasil Branch, and Club Español de Arbitraje.

Photos from the October 31st ILS networking meeting with representatives from the UK Ministry of Justice and Bar Council of England and Wales at Harper Meyer.

Photos from the November 1st ILS Cooperation Signing Ceremony and Reception at Harper Meyer with the Paris Bar Association.


The Florida Bar is Offering a Free Upcoming Cyber Security Webinar November 17, 2022!

The Florida Bar is offering a free upcoming cyber security webinar. Please be advised that the webinar requires advance registration to be able to participate. See below for details:

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 12:00 noon EST


Introduction to Cyber Security: Awareness & Prevention

CLE Credit: 1.5 includes 1.5 Technology

This introductory cyber security CLE webinar will provide answers to the following questions: 1) What is Ransomware and how has it evolved over the last few years?; 2) What if I Pay/Don’t Pay/OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control/Trading With The Enemy Act Guidance): and 3) What is OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) and how does it lead to compromised credentials that can compromise an entire system? This webinar will cover the minimum protective measures needed by lawyers and law firms. 

Sponsored by: The Florida Bar Board Technology Committee and LegalFuel

Presenters: Franklin Zemel is a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP and a Certified Information Privacy Professional whose practice includes Privacy and Cybersecurity Law. Steven Teppler is of counsel to Mandelbaum Barrett and leads the firm’s cybersecurity and privacy practice. John Giantsidis is the President of CyberActa, a boutique consultancy empowering medical device, digital health, and pharmaceutical companies in their regulatory, cybersecurity, privacy, data, and commercialization endeavors.

Join the ILS for the Orlando Luncheon on

November 10, 2022!

Dear ILS Members and Friends,


Join us for a networking lunch with ILS members from Central and Northern Florida on November 10, 2022. 

To register, please contact Penelope Perez-Kelly at by November 4, 2022. 

Participate in the ILS's Annual Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Taking Place on February 18, 2023!

For those interested in either registering their school or volunteering as an arbitrator, please contact us at

Join the International Trademark Association for its 2022 Leadership Meeting in Miami, Florida

from November 15-18!

This exclusive Meeting for INTA member volunteers will offer even more options for you to gain insights on cutting-edge legal and business issues, be inspired by compelling leadership stories, and connect face-to-face during our Business Development sessions.

Join more than 1,500 registrants in Miami for the Service Awards Winners Ceremonies, the announcement of the Board Class of 2023–2025, and the opportunity to shape the future of our Association through your committee work.

To register, please click the following link:

The ASIL Midyear Meeting to Take Place

November 10-12, 2022!

To register, please click the following link:

Florida Bar International Law Section Secures Discount for the IBA Annual Conference for Young Florida Bar Members

International Law Deskbook 2020

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

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.

Turn in your membership application TODAY!

From Our Members

ILS Member Jennifer Diaz Presents for the Florida International University's Cochran Fellowship Program

On October 31, ILS Member and Diaz Trade Law President, Jennifer Diaz, presented an “Import and Export Procedures and Processes Workshop to delegates from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Grenada and the Caribbean" for the Florida International University’s Cochran Fellowship Program. 

International Law Quarterly

The International Law Quarterly - Spring 2022
The Spring 2022 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - International Law in the Time of COVID-19 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 2021-2022, 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, Cristina Vicens Beard at for more details., or Vice Treasurer, Laura Reich at for more details.


The ILS Gazette

Editor: Matthew Akiba

Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

Immediate Past Chair: James M. Meyer

Chair-Elect: Richard Montes De Oca

Secretary: Ana Barton

Treasurer: Cristina Vicens Beard

Vice-Treasurer: Laura Reich

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