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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
Bidding for the Miami Dolphins Tickets and Registration for ILS Fall Cocktail is now LIVE!

If you haven't seen the Miami Dolphins this season, now is your chance! Watch the Dolphins' Sunday night prime time game against the Oakland Raiders. Bid on 2 tickets and a free parking pass! 12th row, 10-yard line! Face value of the tickets is $280 (generously donated by Ed Mullins). Bidding is heating up and currently at $315!  DON'T MISS OUT AND BID NOW!   The deadline for bidding has been extended to this Friday, November 3rd at 12pm. Please submit your bids to both Cristina Vicens  and Ana Barton . The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

Then, on November 15th, join the International Law Section of the Florida Bar for its Fall Cocktail in support of hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. We will be collecting voluntary donations and hosting a silent auction with amazing items, including a 3-night stay at Resorts World Bimini Bay, a $250 bar tab at the Living Room in the W Hotel, artwork from renowned artists, Miami Heat tickets and paraphernalia, and much much more! Come ready to bid high! Enjoy the first two drinks and light appetizers provided by the ILS, and happy hour prices until 9PM.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to ConPRmetidos, an independent non-profit organization focused on Puerto Rico's long-term recovery, and to World Central Kitchen, an organization that has provided over 1 million hot meals to people in the island.

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.

Call for committee members - Vis Pre Moot

The Vis Pre Moot Planning Committee is in search of additional members to help organize the event, which will take place on February 17, 2018. The Committee's tasks include organizing the logistics of the competition, liaising with coaches and teams, planning the rounds, and engaging volunteer arbitrators. If you would like to be part of the Committee, please email Cristina Vicens at
Florida Constitutional Revision Commission

On the occasion of the state Constitution revision, which occurs every 20 years, the Florida Bar has launched its public education program to engage citizens in meaningful, informed dialogue on the amendments that the Commission will propose to the public. 

Visit  and please encourage family, friends and colleagues to request a speaker for community groups, participate in learning activities, follow and share social media, and watch videos on what some Floridians are saying about the CRC.
Upcoming Events

November 2, 2017
Join the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association for their 11th Annual Scholarship Gala, November 2, 2017, at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, Tampa.  For additional information contact Astrid Guardado at

November 6, 2017 
The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum - with the institutional support of the University of Miami's International Arbitration Institute - invites you to the "Battle of the Seats" on Monday, November 6 - 7.30 to 8.45 a.m. - as the kick-off to the ICC Latin American Conference. Rising and leading young stars from Latin America and the US will come to the fore in a current climate of seats on the rise beyond the usual suspects. For more information, please refer to the event's brochure. To register, visit the event's website.

November 5-7, 2017
The 15th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration will take place in Miami, Florida between 5-7 November 2017.  For additional details visit:

November 14, 2017
Join the ILS and Fiduciary Trust for another interesting Lunch & Learn event, featuring Raquel (Rocky) Rodr√≠guez, Managing Partner, McDonald Hopkins, on November 14, 2017 at Fiduciary Trust's office at  2 Alhambra Plaza Penthouse 1A  Coral Gables, FL 33134. Lunch and registration will begin at 12 PM; the presentation will begin at 12.30 PM.
January 10-12, 2018
The Tax Section of the Florida Bar organizes the International Tax Conference, a multiday event that provides lectures and networking opportunities for certified public accounts and licensed attorneys with a specialization in tax. Within the global economy, taxes are constantly changing, which require CPAs and attorneys to know the latest trends in tax reform and technology.  The International Tax Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Miami off Brickell Avenue. There is a group room block with a rate of $329/night. For the agenda of the event and to register, please visit the event website.

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. Stay tuned for an agenda and registration details. For sponsorship or other inquiries, please contact any of the iLaw2018 Co-Chairs: Ana Barton ( ), Jacqueline Villalba ( ), or Kristin Drecktrah Paz ( ).

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

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.

Spring 2017 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Spring 2017 ILQ - 
Focus on International Aspects of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy 
 is now available to view and download

Our next ILQ will focus on international litigation and arbitration, and we look forward to your submissions.  Please write the ILQ's Editor-in-Chief, Rafael Ribeiro ( if you would like to contribute or have any questions.

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. For more information, c ontact 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