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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

Remembering Richard DeWitt

The ILS and the international law community lost an active member when Richard DeWitt passed away Wednesday, March 29 from a heart attack. Richard was one of the founding members of the Miami International Arbitration Society. He helped MIAS and the many people dedicated to seeing Miami become the international arbitration capital it is today accomplish that goal. He was a tireless proponent of arbitration and mediation and a regular volunteer arbitrator at the VisMoot competition in Vienna, usually taking advantage of the event to spend time with his beloved wife Luba in their Bratislava apartment.

ILS Legislative Committee Meeting

All ILS members interested in participating in the committee are welcome.
April 24, 2017
6:00 P.M.
Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
1 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Suite 2250
Hosted by Legislative Committee Chair:   Carlos F. Osorio, ILS Secretary 2016-2017
Please RSVP via email to:

Panel Opportunity - IX Madrid Meeting
Our partners of the Madrid Bar Association will be holding their IX Madrid Meeting on April 27-29, 2017. As part of the program, they will host a round table titled " The profession of lawyer and the death penalty" and they are looking for a Florida attorney to bring their insight and experience to the panel. For more information and to express your interest, you may contact Eduardo Palmer (

Minutes and Documents from the Combined AILA; ILS and USCIS Meeting
The Miami District USCIS Liaison Meeting took place on February 9, 2017. ILS members Anis Saleh, Xiomara Hernandez, and Elaine Weiss represented the Section with Anis Saleh as Liaison Coordinator to the Miami District. Click here to download the minutes and documents of the meeting.

Members News
Doing Business in Cuba Legally and Ethically 

On March 10, Richard Montes de Oca,  ILS member and Managing Partner of MDO Partners   moderated a panel entitled: Doing Business in Cuba Legally and Ethically at the Doing Business in Cuba: Legal, Ethical and Compliance Challenges Conference   at Barry University. Panelists included ILS members and Cuba law experts, Peter Quinter of Gray Robinson P.A., Steve Zack of Boies Schiller & Flexner, Arnaldo Perez of Carnival Cruises, and Pedro Freyre, of Akerman.

International Aspects of U.S. Litigation 
ILS past Chair  Ed Mullins authored, along with Doug Giuliano a chapter in " International Aspects of U.S. Litigation" edited by James Berger and published by the ABA. 
This new Section book addresses the topics that arise when international disputes find their way to U.S. courts, which they do with great frequency. The two-volume set serves as a comprehensive reference guide to practitioners, both in the U.S. and abroad, on the various issues that can arise when cross-border cases are litigated in U.S. courts. 

Upcoming Events

April 6, 2017
The Miami event of the Global Pound Conference series on the topic of access to justice will be held at the University of Miami on April 6th. Join a select group of stakeholders in dispute resolution - commercial parties, lawyers, academics, judges, arbitrators, mediators, policy makers, and other community leaders -  as part of a unique and important global project to discuss access to justice in Florida, the Caribbean, Latin America and worldwide. This conference will provoke debate on existing tools and techniques, stimulate new ideas and generate actionable data on what corporate and individual dispute resolution users actually need. For more information, download the event brochure or visit the website.

April 20-21, 2017
Our friends of the   International Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Bar of Ireland will hold their Spring Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The conference hotel will be The Westbury Hotel. The program, which includes many interesting panels, will satisfy up to 6.0 NY MCLE credit hours in professional practice and 1.5 NY MCLE credits hours in ethics. For more information, please refer to the program brochure.

April 21, 2017
The Standing Committee on Professionalism and the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism is hosting a professionalism symposium Putting the "Pro" in Professionalism on Friday, April 21 at the Hilton West Palm Beach.  This symposium will focus on discovering professionalism from within through core soft skills training.  The cost for attendance is $175.00 and will include emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and DISC facilitation (with a personal 20+ page DISC behavioral assessment).  The symposium will also include lunch as well as the presentation of several professionalism awards during an evening cocktail mixer.  Download the brochure to learn more. To register, click here.

April 26, 2017
Please join Fiduciary Trust on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, starting at 11.30 a.m., at their Coral Gables offices for lunch with Jeffrey D. Fisher, nationally recognized divorce attorney and occasional international asset-recovery litigator. Jeff Fisher became one of the "top ten" divorce lawyers in the country by bringing the skills that he learned as a federal prosecutor to his family law practice. The event is sure to be a fascinating discussion of the real-life challenges faced by today's international litigators venturing into the offshore asset-protection industry. To register, contact Adi Vallejo (

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.

June 22, 2017
The ILS will hold a CLE program at the Annual Convention of the Florida Bar. The topic of the program will be Escalation Clauses in Cross Border Dispute Resolution: Why  Your Client Wants Mediation.  Ricardo Cata, chair of the ILS' Mediation Committee will  moderate the panel. More information to follow.
October 8-13, 2017
The 2017 IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia will feature around 200 conference sessions. These vary widely in style and, with the core substantive committee sessions at the heart of the conference programme covering most sectors and practice areas, the conference will provide the opportunity to focus on your own areas of interest. Click here to download the event brochure.

October 22-23, 2017
Will the push or pull of nationalist sentiments affect where and how businesses resolve cross-border disputes? Might the relationship between national courts and arbitral tribunals shift?  Will the backlash against globalism encompass or impact the world of international arbitration? These and more questions will be topics of debate at the ATLAS - Atlanta International Arbitration Society 6th annual conference titled  International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism. Additional details will follow soon.

Winter 2017 ILQ
ILQ Spring 2017 Issue - Message from the Editors
Dear Members of the International Law Section:
We are gearing up for our Spring 2017 International Law Quarterly ("ILQ"), and we wanted to reach out to see if any of you would like to submit an article for the publication. 
The ILQ, now in its 33rd year, is one of the premier journals covering international law topics and is distributed to the ILS's 1,000 or so members.  Links to our Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Editions may be found here ( and here (
The Spring 2017 ILQ will focus on international aspects of cybersecurity and data privacy law.  The deadline for submission of articles is 31 March.  Articles should be 8-10 pages, double-spaced, and should conform with the provisions of the ILQ Style Guide.
Currently, we already have authors discussing the following topics, so please choose another topic:
  • The EU's increasingly aggressive enforcement of data protection laws.
  • Cross-border cooperation in criminal cases and some unique considerations presented in the cybercrime context.
  • Homeland Security and Data Privacy.
Please let us know if you are interested in submitting an article, and, if so, your proposed topic. 
Rafael Ribeiro - ILQ Editor-in-Chief
Javier Peral - Editor
Loly Sosa - Editor
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:

Visit our Sponsors                                             
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.

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

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

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