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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

iLaw 2017 - The ILS Global Forum on International Law

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, during the plenary session at the ILS Retreat, Al Lindsay, Chair of the ILS and Robert Becerra, chair of the Conference Steering Committee announced that the new name will be iLaw 2017 - The ILS Global Forum on International Law. Jaqueline Villalba and Ana Barton and were recognized for their input in creating the new name. The next iLaw2017 Steering Committee meeting will be at Aballi Milne Kalil 2250 SunTrust International Center One Southeast Third Avenue Miami, Florida 33131 on October 12 at 6:30 p.m.

From Our Members

Call for Short Articles: Share your Knowledge!

The ILS Gazette is accepting submissions for short articles or updates on current issues in international law. The articles should be shorter than 1000 words and will be in included in the " From Our Members" section of the Gazette. If you would like to share your piece with fellow ILS Members, please direct your submissions to the ILS Gazette Editor, Fabio Giallanza (

Members News

Kobre & Kim Enhances Latin American and Offshore Teams

Global disputes and investigations firm Kobre & Kim announces the expansion of its offshore and Latin American capabilities with the addition of two senior lateral hires - Robert Watson in Miami and Alexander Heylin in the British Virgin Islands.
Robert Watson, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice (as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida) who is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, brings extensive experience to Kobre & Kim's Latin America government enforcement defense and investigations team, based in the firm's Miami office. He will focus on government enforcement defense and cross-border investigations involving Latin America.
"Robert brings a formidable skill set that strategically bolsters our capability to serve clients in Latin America facing investigation by U.S. authorities," said John Couriel, one of Kobre & Kim's now four former federal prosecutors based in Miami who all focus on cross-border investigations. "As Latin America continues to rise as a top global market and efforts to counter corruption in the region increase, having another former federal prosecutor on the team who speaks Spanish and Portuguese will only better position the firm to provide the highest-quality service to our clients." 
Further enhancing the firm's cross-border disputes capabilities, Alexander Heylin joins Kobre & Kim in the firm's British Virgin Islands office. Mr. Heylin will focus on international judgment enforcement and asset recovery, insolvency litigation, and complex commercial litigation involving offshore jurisdictions.
"We are very excited to continue the organic growth of our offshore practice," said Tim Prudhoe, an English barrister in Kobre & Kim's British Virgin Islands office, "With Alex's arrival comes the opportunity to continue to strengthen our ability to navigate the complexities inherent in matters with onshore-offshore elements, an area in which the firm continues to earn a profound reputation."  
Kobre & Kim's offshore team, based in the Cayman Islands, the BVI, and the Turks & Caicos Islands, as well as Hong Kong, London, and Miami, has substantial experience handling financial and commercial disputes relating to offshore structures. The firm's worldwide capabilities and local offshore market knowledge allow clients to interface with one integrated team.

Upcoming Events

October 27-29, 2016
The Caribbean Academy for Law and Court Administration (CALCA), in partnership with Jamaica's General Legal Council and the St. Maarten Bar Association, will hold CALCA's 4th Biennial Conference on Law under the theme "Law at the Cross-Roads: Reappraising the Role of Common Law and Civil Law Practitioners in Transnational Development", from October 27 to October 29 in St. Marteen. You can learn more about the conference by visiting the conference website

November 3-4, 2016
The International Bar Association will hold its Annual IBA Corporate Governance Conference in Miami from November 3 to November 4. The conference will feature lectures from distinguished speakers on topics that include c orporate governance issues for foreign subsidiaries, c yber security and the the application of US corporate governance rules to non-US corporations. Click here to download the full program of the conference. To register, visit the conference website.

November 13-15, 2016
The International Chamber of Commerce will hold its 14th annual Miami Conference on International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.  The conference attracts approximately 550 participants representing about 40 nationalities and features a rich training and networking program.  For more information and to register for this event, visit the ICC Conference website.

Fall 2016 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Fall 2016 ILQ - Special Cuba Edition 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 2015-2016 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Lex International
  • White & Case
  • Akerman LLP
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Bryan Cave
  • Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan & Kohlman, P.A.
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • Jones Day 
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Tenzer PLLC

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2015-2016, 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
Secretary: Carlos F. Osorio
Treasurer: Clarissa Rodriguez