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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 (

International Law Reviewers Needed

The International Law Section needs your help to read and review chapters in its new publication, "International Law Handbook and Desk Reference."  There are 20 chapters, each in need of reviewers. Time commitment is expected to range from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the length of the chapter.  If you'd like to volunteer to review a chapter or want more information, contact editor, Pamella Seay,  Please include your specific practice area of interest. CLE Credit may be available. 

ILS Seminar in Moscow, Russia

The Florida Bar International Law Section, together with Moscow International University of Foreign Relations (MGIMMO) held a legal seminar in Moscow in June 27, 2017, focusing on American-Russian Business and Investment topics, dedicated to furthering US-Russian business relations for mutual economic benefit, despite political disagreements.  

The event was a great success, with a total attendance of about 190 participants, including 152 attendees connected via YouTube. T he 5-hour long seminar was video-taped, and the video will be shared soon . Photos will also be available soon.  Our social/cultural activities of the program were outstanding, including:
  • a speaker's dinner at the famous "Cafe Pushkin"
  • a gourmet lunch (Russian cuisine) at  MGIMMO
  • a night at the Nikulin Circus
  • viewing of "Carmen" (by Bizet) at the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre
  • viewing of traditional "Kostrama Russian Dances"
The ILS congratulates Lucius Smejda who organized the seminar.

Members News
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
News from Diaz Trade Law

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law, P.A. moderated the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida) event: The Making of Global Cities: Can Miami Follow a Bold Strategy? 

Diaz Trade Law is also excited to welcome Denise Called as their newest associate. Denise Called is an Associate Attorney with Diaz Trade Law, P.A. where she practices Customs and International Trade law. 

Peter Quinter Organizes Port of Miami Tour as Part of ABA Section of International Law 2017 Fall Conference

Peter Quinter, shareholder in GrayRobinson's Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices, chair of the firm's Customs and International Trade Law practice group and member of the planning committee for the ABA's Section of International Law ("Section") 2017 Fall Conference, organized the "Tour of the Port of Miami" portion of the conference on October 24, 2017. The behind-the-scenes tour will include a presentation of the port's operations and activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

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