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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

The International Law Section 2017 Visit to Cuba, February 26 - March 1, 2017

Th e International Law Section and its Cuba Committee are delighted to invite you to join your fellow members of the Section in this exclusive opportunity to visit Cuba with a select group of international legal practitioners.  Working within the restrictions imposed on travel to Cuba, we have partnered with Cuba Cultural Travel - an organization with nearly 20 years' experience running U.S. government licensed tours to Cuba, and a group with which we have worked before.  

  We invite you and your guest(s) to join our private law-oriented delegation for an eye-opening journey at this most pivotal time in U.S.-Cuba relations.  Our specially designed program will explore Cuba's current and past legal systems, as well as its rich and varied cultural heritage by engaging with local legal scholars, attorneys, musicians and artists, who will offer in-depth commentary on the Cuban legal system, US-Cuba relations, human rights, developments in the burgeoning Cuban private sector, as well art, music, and  history.

Our 3 night/4 day private journey (space is limited) includes the following:
  • Accommodations at the 5 Star Hotel Parque Central, considered to be Havana's finest
  • Meals at Havana's best paladares (private, non-Government run restaurants) 
  • Thought provoking lectures by renowned intellectuals, scholars and legal experts. NOTE: A select number of lectures may qualify for CLE credit, pending approval
  • Private performances and reception by prominent dance companies and musicians 
  • Guided tours of Havana's fascinating neighborhoods including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Habana Vieja
Click here for the program brochure and registration form. Full payment is due by December 1, 2016 to reserve your space on this trip.  Please note that the ILS' previous trip to Cuba sold out in a matter of days, so we urge that you confirm your participation right away.

NOTE:  Pricing for the trip does not include air fare as our delegation will be able to take advantage of the variety of new U.S. commercial airline routes to Havana, which have been significantly discounted in recent weeks.  However, please wait until you receive confirmation from Cuba Cultural Travel on or after December 1, 2016 to purchase any air fare.

Please contact Dani Perez ( for any programming questions, extended tour options, or special requests.


iLaw 2017 Steering Committee Meeting

The iLaw2017 Steering Committee will hold its next meeting on December 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Hogan Lovells, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, Florida 33131. RSVP to Robert Becerra (

Save the Date: ILS Holiday Party

Save the date! The ILS Holiday Party, in honor of the Section's Woman in International Law committee, will take place at the Key Biscayne home of Section Chair Alvin Lindsay and Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Peña Lindsay, on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

ILS Miami Vis Pre-Moot Competition

The 2017 Florida Bar ILS Miami Vis Pre-Moot Competition will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 and will take place at JAMS Miami Resolution Center, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2600, Miami FL 33131. CLE credit will be available to volunteer arbitrators.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer arbitrator or have a team to register, please contact Averil Andrews at .

Members News
Dan Visoiu Appointed Secretary General of New Bucharest International Arbitration Court

The Bucharest International Arbitration Court - BIAC, a new independent Romania-based arbitration center was launched on November 2, 2016 under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania.

The new court will focus on business and commercial disputes in Romanian and English languages, especially involving disputes related to foreign investors and multinationals active in Romania.

The BIAC's rules of arbitration are based on a combination of best practices arising from various international arbitration rules such UNCITRAL, the LCIA, the ICC and the AAA/ICDR, and by reference therein has adopted the International Bar Association Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Commercial Arbitration and the International Bar Association's Rules on the Taking of Evidence on International Commercial Arbitration.

ILS Member, Dan Visoiu  currently serves as the Secretary General of BIAC.

For further information:
Ms. Carmela Stanciu
Upcoming Events

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.

December 1, 2016
The iLaw2017 Steering Committee will hold its next meeting on December 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Hogan Lovells, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, Florida 33131. RSVP to Robert Becerra (

December 9, 2016
The 33rd Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration will be hosted in Paris at the ICC International Court of ArbitrationSince 1983, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) have co-organized a series of joint colloquia to discuss various topics relating to international arbitration. The event's brochure is available by clicking here. To register, visit the event's website.

February 18, 2017
The  2017 Florida Bar ILS Miami Vis Pre-Moot Competition  will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017  and will take place at  JAMS Miami Resolution Center, 600 Brickell Avenue , Suite 2600, Miami FL 33131. CLE credit will be available to volunteer arbitrators.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer arbitrator or have a team to register, please contact  Averil Andrews     at .

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 (

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.

  Become a Sponsor  for the 2016-2017 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