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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
ILS Signs Cooperation Agreement with the Law Society of Hong Kong

On May 22, 2019, The Florida Bar International Law Section, represented by Immediate Past-Chair Arnoldo B. Lacayo and Eduardo De La Peña, signed a cooperation agreement with the Law Society of Hong Kong as a token of collaboration and mutual desire to strengthen the relationship between Florida and Hong Kong. As commemoration of the event, the ILS delegation formed by Lacayo and De La Peña presented the Law Society with a plaque, while the Law Society gifted the ILS with a frame depicting scenes of Hong Kong.

Left to right: Louise Kam Faye Wong, Law Society of Hong Kong Vice-President, Amirali B. Nasir, ILS Immediate Past-Chair, Arnoldo B. Lacayo, and Eduardo De La Peña

The ALI Approves the Restatement of The U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration 

On May 20, 2019, the American Law Institute approved the Restatement of The U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration at its annual meeting in Washington D.C. Work for the Restatement began in 2007, and many esteemed members of The Florida Bar International Law Section were involved in the process, including Past-Chairs Ed Mullins and C. Ryan Reetz, and members José Astigarraga, Pedro Martinez-Fraga, and Joseph M. Matthews.

According to the press release by the American Law Institute, the Restatement "identifies the role of the courts over the life cycle of an arbitral proceeding, including enforcement of the arbitration agreement, the judicial role in arboreal proceedings, and post-award relief." The Restatement further addresses "the ways in which the basic principles governing U.S. court involvement in investor-State arbitration in some instances are different from those applicable to international commercial arbitration generally."

This is the first time that The American Law Institute has produced a Restatement on this area of the law.  With the approval of the Proposed Final Draft, the Reporters will now prepare the Institute's official text for publication. Until the official text is published, the Proposed Final Draft approved by ALI's Council and membership is the official position of ALI, and may be cited as such. For the full press release by the American Law Institute, click here.
The Florida Bar Board Certification Committee for International Litigation and Arbitration Administers Its Inaugural Test 

On May 17, 2019,  The Florida Bar Board Certification Committee for International Litigation and Arbitration administered its inaugural test.  

Those practitioners who have practiced in the area for 20 years and have had international litigation and arbitration as a substantial part of their practice are eligible for one more year to seek a waiver. The Committee encourages all those who meet the requirements for examination to apply for next year's examination. A review course will be provided for this administration. Initial applications will be available June 1, 2019. For the examination specifications, click here.
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.

International Law Section - Call for Member News

The Executive Board of the International Law Section calls for all Members to share news about their professional achievements, endeavors, and successes to be published in the Gazette and on the International Law Section website. 

To share your professional achievements with the ILS Network, please submit all relevant information to Davide Macelloni, Editor of the ILS Gazette.

Upcoming CLE Events

The Florida Bar International Law Section is proud to offer the following CLE events, which will be held in webinar form. The CLE webinars will include a wide variety of topics, including the New Landscape of Data Protection and Privacy in Brazil. All past programs have a link to register for on demand and downloadable podcasts for the next 18 months. To get further information or to sign up click on the webinar links below:

Member News
Diane Nobile Named as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar's 
11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 'K'

Diane Nobile , founding partner of a Miami-based international law firm , has been named as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar's 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 'K'.  The position will is effective since May 1, 2019 through the term per Oath of Service. Ms. Nobile is currently in her third year of membership with the committee.
"I am honored to have been chosen as Vice Chair of the committee," says Nobile. "Grievance committees are a vital part of our system, ensuring the correct use of professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida. I look forward to working with this team in the coming months."
Each of Florida's 20 judicial circuits has at least one grievance committee. The grievance committee reviews complaints with much the same purpose as a grand jury and decides, after a case is submitted to them by bar counsel, whether there is probable cause to believe a lawyer violated the professional conduct rules imposed by the Supreme Court of Florida and whether discipline against the lawyer appears to be warranted.

In her legal practice, Ms. Nobile serves as a trusted legal advisor to her clients, providing a complete legal approach to new businesses and international investors requiring legal guidance in the United States. She specializes in working with international investors on pre-immigration tax planning, estate tax planning, international investors seeking to purchase or invest in US real estate, and business law.
For more information on the  Florida Bar's 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, visit .  

Upcoming Events
June 6, 2019
Please join the International Law Section on June 6, 2019 for its Lunch & Learn with the President-Elect Designate of The Florida Bar, Dori Foster-Morales. Ms. Foster-Morales is a partner at Foster Morales, Sockel Stone and is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar. Fiduciary Trust Company International will host the event at its Coral Gables office located at 2 Alhambra Plaza, PH1A, Coral Gables, FL 33134. The event is complimentary but space is limited.  
To RSVP, please email Yenisley Pazos at

June 6, 2019
Please join the Dade-County Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee on June 6, 2019 for its "Your Practice Half-Day CLE." The ILS President-Elect, Clarissa Rodriguez, and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Quarterly, Laura Reich, will be panelists on the "Grow Your Practice While Setting the Course for a Succession Plan" panel, discussing the unique challenges solo and small firms have when considering a succession plan and how to grow the practice. The event will take place at the Hampton-Inn Miami-Brickell, 50 SW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33130.

September 3-7, 2019
T he 57th International Young Lawyers' Congress of the  Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats - International Association of Young Lawyers  will take place in Rome. The event will be an opportunity to network and learn with a focus on "Sustainability and the Law. Planet. People. Future." For more information or to register, please  refer to th event's website .

September 22-27, 2019
The  International Bar Association invites all members to attend its 2019 annual conference, which will be held in  Seoul, South Korea , a thriving metropolis that mixes the traditional with the modern - from skyscrapers, high-tech subways, K-pop culture and K-beauty to Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets and a history going back 5,000 years. For more information or to register, please refer to the event's website .

Winter 2019 ILQ
International Law Quarterly: Winter 2019

The new issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on International Human Rights is now available. Click on the image below to download.

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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 2017-2018, 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 c ontact our Treasurer, James Meyer at  for more details.

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The ILS Gazette

Chair: Carlos F. Osorio
Immediate Past Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Chair-Elect:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Secretary:  Robert J. Becerra
Treasurer: James Meyer