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ILS Chair's News & Notes

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

-Pope John Paul II


Dear ILS Members:


I’m pleased to announce that iLaw2024 has experienced an extraordinary number of registrations this past week through the efforts of each of our ILS members, leaders and iLaw Committee, the ICDR participantspanelists, and sponsors.  I want to thank all of you who have helped promote the conference and registered. I encourage all of you to please continue helping us promote this wonderful international law conference. With only a few registrations remaining before we reach capacity, we don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity to participate in what will be a historic iLaw for the Florida Bar International Law Section.


As you will see from just a few of the panels featured in our Gazette this week, we have some of the most important thought leaders in the areas of Cybersecurity and Privacy, Transportation, and Latin America from Florida, out-of-state and foreign lawyers, professors and in-house counsel. We also have extraordinary speakers and participants in the areas of International Arbitration and Litigation as reflected in our Conference Program.


Lastly, I want to focus on the extraordinary Keynote Speaker we have lined up in Ryan Abbot, an author, professor and arbitrator with an expertise in AI who wrote the book: The Reasonable Robot. He will be presenting on The New Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption. As you know, AI is one of the more fascinating topics in the world today, and it is disrupting the legal profession as we speak. Ryan will be sharing some of his important insights and learnings in what the future holds for us as lawyers, what we can expect going forward, and what we need to be careful with as we enter this new dimension in our practice of law.


But iLaw isn’t just about law, practice and trends. Our iLaw Committee and sponsors have made certain that we’re going to have a great time and ensure all of the lawyers who are visiting from around the world will be able to enjoy and experience Miami. Indeed, we’ve secured our Opening Cocktail Reception thanks to our generous Sponsor, Fiduciary Trust International, at the remarkable Boulud Sud, at the JW Marriott on February 15, 2024 at 6:30 pm, immediately following the ILS Executive Council Meeting, and another fantastic Closing Cocktail Reception at the JW Marriott after our iLaw Conference on February 16, 2024 at 5:30 pm. We look forward to seeing and celebrating with all of you there!


More information on our Conference Program is available here:


Please note still have an opportunity to sponsor the Closing Cocktail Reception, where you will be able to promote and showcase your firm at the event and our program, provide some remarks, invite additional guests and network with our panelists, including the General Counsel of our Closing Plenary. Please let me know if you are interested in taking advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.


Richard Montes de Oca, Esq.

ILS Chair

[email protected]


Registration for iLaw2024 is Now Open!

The Florida Bar International Law Section's Flagship Conference is finally here! Click on this link to sign up for iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law held at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2024, featuring opening and closing plenary sessions, a lunch keynote speaker, and three parallel tracks on international litigationinternational arbitration, and international business transactions with practitioners from Mexico, Italy, BVI, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, USA, and beyond!


Special iLaw2024 rates are being offered for room reservations at the JW Marriott Marquis – don’t miss the opportunity to stay in one of Miami’s premier hotels. Click here to book!

To view and download the 2024 iLaw Program, please click here!


For any information, visit the Florida Bar International Law Section website at or email the iLaw2024 Co-Chairs,

Davide Macelloni ([email protected]) and Adrian Nuñez ([email protected]).

iLaw2024 Opening Plenary Panel on 2023 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trends: U.S. International and Cross-Border Rules, Compliance, Best Practices and Enforcement

Take a look at the Opening Plenary Session Panel for the iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law happening at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2023.

This panel discussion aims to address the growing importance of cybersecurity and data privacy for individuals and organizations globally. Industry experts, technologists, and attorneys will come together to examine the changing international landscape in this field.

iLaw2024 Panel "Keep it Moving, Miami:

Challenges Facing International Transport Companies in a Shrinking World Economy"

iLaw2024 Panel "We Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto: Do's and Dont's of Doing Business in Latin America"

iLaw2024 Keynote Speaker, Ryan Abbott, to Speak on

"The New Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption"

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators for the 2024 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot

Call for volunteer arbitrators! The Florida Bar International Law Section is looking for volunteers to participate as arbitrators for the Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The Pre-Moot will host students from top law schools, both domestic and international, to present arguments before panels of volunteer arbitrators in preparation for the most recognized moot competition in the world, the Willem C. Vis Moot. Up to 7 hours of Florida CLE is available for all volunteers.

You can register by clicking here!

Volunteers may participate in person (preferred) or virtually (via Zoom). The Pre-Moot will be held at JAMS Resolution Center in Miami, 600 Brickell Ave., Suite 2600, Miami, Florida, the Saturday after the International Law Section's 2024 Flagship iLaw Conference. Volunteers may indicate their preference for morning or afternoon rounds (or both).

The Pre-Moot will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Pedro Jedlicka ([email protected]) and Carolina Goncalves ([email protected]).

Save the Date for the 2024 Richard Dewitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot!

Register for the February 6 Customs Bootcamp Hosted by Torres Trade Law!

Madrid Bar Association to Hold Expert on International Maritime Law Course from January 29 to May 30, 2024!

In an increasingly interconnected world, international maritime law emerges as an essential discipline for those seeking to stand out in the world of Law.

Aware of the growing global demand for legal specialization in this area, the Madrid Bar Association presents its innovative Expert Course in International Maritime Law, designed to prepare and position course takers as leaders in the resolution of disputes and crucial negotiations in the maritime world.

The course will begin on January 29 and, through 92 teaching hours, will run until May 30, offering eminently practical and updated content as well as visits to the main maritime institutions in the country.

Don't miss this opportunity to become a reference in International Maritime Law. Enroll now and navigate towards a successful professional future!

To view and download the complete course program, please click here!

Attorney Spotlight

Congratulations to ILS Members Ana R. Ulseth and

William O. Diab on Being Named to the 2024 40 under 40 by the Miami Dade Bar Association YLD!

Join an ILS Committee Today!


Amicus Committee


Chair: Edward Mullins

[email protected]


Arbitration & Mediation Committee

Chair: Gary Birnberg

[email protected]

Asia Committee


Chairs: Neha Dagley | Fred Rocafort

[email protected]

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CLE Initiatives Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

[email protected]


Europe Committee


Chairs: Susanne Leone | Davide Macelloni

[email protected]

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Foreign Legal Consultant Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

[email protected]


iLaw Steering Committee


Chairs: Davide Macelloni | Adrian Nuñez

[email protected]

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ILS Deskbook Committee


Chairs: Pamella Seay | Laura Reich | Clarissa Rodriguez

[email protected]

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ILS Gazette Committee


Chair: Matthew Akiba

[email protected]


Immigration Liaison Committee

Chair: Larry S. Rifkin

[email protected]

International Law Certification Committee


Chair: Robert Kossick

[email protected]


International Law Quarterly Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

[email protected]

International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

[email protected]

International Tax Law Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

[email protected]


Law School Liaison Committee


Chairs: Prof. Manuel A. Gomez | Laura Reich

[email protected]

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Legislative Committee


Chair: Carlos F. Osorio

 [email protected]


Lunch & Learn Committee


Chair: James Meyer

[email protected]

North America Committee


Chair: Nouvelle Gonzalo

[email protected]


Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee


Chairs: Andres Sandoval | Priscila Bandeira

[email protected]

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White Collar Crime Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

[email protected]

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!

International Law Quarterly

Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Fall 2023

"Focus on BRICS"

The Fall 2023 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on BRICS is now available.

Click on the images above to download or please click here!

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 2022-2023, 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, Laura Reich at [email protected] or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloni at [email protected] for more details.

ILS Board Members and Officers

Chair: Richard Montes de Oca

Chair-Elect: Ana Barton

Secretary: Cristina Vicens Beard

Treasurer: Laura Reich

Vice-Treasurer: Davide Macelloni

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

ILS Executive Council

Terms Expiring in 2024

Fabio Giallanza

Jeffrey S. Hagen

Davide Macelloni

Penelope Perez-Kelly

Yine Rodriguez-Perez

Terms Expiring 2025

Gary Birnberg

Phillip Buhler

Jennifer Diaz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Prof. Manuel A. Gomez

Omar K. Ibrahem

Adrian Nunez

Pamella A. Seay

Terms Expiring 2026

Matthew Akiba

Lauren Bengochea

Neha Dagley

Gary E. Davidson

Nouvelle Gonzalo

Susanne Leone

Jennifer Mosquera

To learn more about the ILS Executive Council Members, click here!

About the ILS Gazette

The ILS Gazette is a weekly publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section that informs members about upcoming programs, initiatives and resources.

If you have any questions about the Gazette or wish to include an announcement in future publications, please contact our ILS Gazette Editor, Matthew Akiba at [email protected].

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