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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
iLaw2018 - Call for Proposals

Dear ILS Members:

We are now soliciting proposals for the iLaw2018: The ILS Global Forum on International Law, which will take place on February 16, 2018, at the Conrad Hotel in Miami. Similar to the preceding few years, the iLaw2018 will consist of four panel presentations with three simultaneous tracks, as follows: (1) the ICDR arbitration track, (2) the litigation track, and (3) the business transactions track, all in addition to one opening plenary session and one closing plenary session. We will consider submissions that are appropriate for each of the three tracks.

The deadline for initial proposals is August 11, 2017. Please submit your proposal(s) by email to Ana Barton, Jacqueline Villalba and Kristin Drecktrah Paz at the email addresses indicated below.

Each proposal should contain a suggested title and a description of the panel of no more than 200 words. Identification of speakers is not necessary at this time, but proposals may suggest the type(s) of speakers envisioned to speak, or specific topics covered, on the panel. Please be mindful that the iLaw2018 Steering Committee is committed to, and will ensure, diversity (including, without limitation, gender, racial, ethnic) on all panels.

The iLaw2018 Steering Committee, consisting of the co-chairs, the ILS executive officers, and volunteer members, will evaluate all proposals and timely decide which proposals to accept for the iLaw2018. Based on the limited number of panel presentations during the conference and the potential high volume of proposals, we are unable to select all submissions.

Thank you for your time and commitment to the ILS and the iLaw2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

iLaw2018 Co-Chairs
Ana Barton (
Jacqueline Villalba (
Kristin Drecktrah Paz (

Members News
MDO Partners Advises on New Venture for Grove Bay Hospitality Group and Top Chef Winner Jeremy Ford
MDO Partners is pleased to announce the closing of a transaction resulting in the creation of Stubborn Seed, the first of two new restaurants that formalize the partnership between the hospitality experts at Grove Bay Hospitality Group (GBHG) and Season 13 "Top Chef" Winner Jeremy Ford. Stubborn Seed is a highly anticipated new restaurant scheduled to open in September 2017 and located in the South of Fifth neighborhood  of South Beach at 101 Washington Avenue.

Managing Partner Richard Montes de Oca and Associate Counsel Lauren Bengochea worked
directly with GBHG Co-founders and Co-CEOs Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and Francesco Balli to
complete the transaction.
Portuguese Arbitration Review Publishes Ava Borrasso Article on International Litigation
Young Arbitration Review published Ava J. Borrasso's article Significant Developments in International Litigation By Way of 28 USC § 1782 in the Spring 2017 issue.  The review relies on the contributions of international practitioners and is published quarterly.  The article appears in Edition 25 and is available at
Upcoming Events

September 12-14, 2017

The New York Bar International Section will hold its Guatemala Seasonal Meeting in Antigua, Guatemala at the Casa Santo Domingo Hotel. This meeting will offer many hot topics, including:
  • Doing Business in Cuba - Guide to doing business in Cuba Post-Castro and U.S. Embargo
  • Trade Secrets: A 180-Degree Change in its Protection
  • BEPS Latin America Style
  • Corrupt Business Practices and their impact on Human Rights in Guatemala
  • International Dispute Resolution
For more information, please refer to the event's website.

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.

October 24-28, 2017
The ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference on the Americas will be held in Miami at the JW Marriott Marquis, October 24- 28, 2017 with the topic "Doing business in the Americas in the New Global Economy: A New Dawn in the Hemisphere".

Spring 2017 ILQ
ILQ Fall 2017 - Message from the Editor

Dear ILS Members and Colleagues:
We invite you to submit your topics for articles to be included in the Fall 2017 International Law Quarterly, which will focus on international dispute resolution
Feature Articles should be 8-10 pages, double-spaced, and must conform with the ILQ's Style Guide (which we can send to you if you're interested in submitting an article).
The Fall 2017 ILQ will have between 10-12 Feature Articles, so please send us your proposed topic so that we can ensure that there is no duplication.
Deadline for articles is Friday, 18 August.
We look forward to receiving your proposed topics.
Rafael Ribeiro

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 2016-2017 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Sequor Law 
  • 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: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Immediate Past Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Chair-Elect:  Carlos F. Osorio
Secretary:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Treasurer: Robert J. Becerra