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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
iLaw 2017: the ILS Global Forum on International Law
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The ILAT,  which for over a decade has  been Miami's leading international law conference, is now "iLaw2017: The ILS Global Forum on International Law" .
iLaw will feature a rich program with interesting presentations on cutting-edge issues in international law. This year, iLaw2017 is joining forces with the International Centre of Dispute Resolution and featuring the new ICDR arbitration track. 

Be sure to take advantage of early bird rates! Download the program brochure and turn in your registration form by January 23. You should book your room by January 25.

iLaw2017 Hotel Reservations

Discounted hotel rooms at the Conrad Hotel are now available for the iLaw2017! The Conrad Hotel has set up a webpage exclusively for the iLaw2017: . Access this website to make your reservations for the new iLaw2017!
Attendees can also call 1-800-CONRADS to secure guest room accommodations by phone. The iLaw2017's program brochure, including registration information will be available shortly.

Florida Bar Committee Appointments for 2017-18: APPLY NOW!

Please consider applying for appointment to a The Florida Bar committee to contribute to the betterment of our profession through your volunteer service. Bar Committee work is meaningful and rewarding, and will give you the opportunity to improve the services we provide to the citizens of our state and to our members. You're asked to submit only one form, but you have three committee options.
Here's what you need to do:


If you are currently serving on a Standing Committee and your term expires in 2017, you must submit the committee preference form by January 13, 2017 to be considered for reappointment. 
To check your term on a committee, please click here and select your committee.

If you are not currently serving on a Standing Committee, and want to be considered, submit the committee preference form by January 13, 2017. Your comments concerning your participation in Bar-related activities, your qualifications and interests will be particularly helpful.

If you are serving on a substantive law committee and want to continue, you must submit the committee preference form by January 13, 2017, to be considered for reappointment.
If you need additional information, please watch this short video or visit for a link under What's New.

Call for Readers for Vis East Moot

The Fourteenth Annual Willem C. Vis East International Arbitration Moot is currently seeking readers to review Claimant and Respondent Memoranda submitted by competing teams. The Moot, which will take place in Hong Kong starting March 26, 2017, has more than 130 teams registered, which the highest number in its history. Readers will be receive 4-6 Claimants' Memoranda on or before December 20, 2016 and 4-6 Respondents' Memoranda on or before January 30, 2017.  Readers will have nearly three weeks to review and rank each set of Memoranda. Volunteers may also register to rank final Claimant/Respondent Memoranda. To volunteer, please follow this link and select the appropriate boxes (cannot attend but will evaluate written memoranda). 

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 .

Call for panel proposals for the ABA Section of International Law's Fall Conference in Miami

The  ABA Section of International Law is calling for  panel proposals for its 2017 Fall Conference , which will take place on  October 24-28, 2017 , at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Florida.  All panel proposals should focus on the meeting's theme: " Doing Business in the Americas in the New Global Economy: A New Dawn in the Hemisphere? " Please relate your program proposals to the following: 
Recent elections and transitions in countries such as the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Peru promise to bring change across the hemisphere.    In the United States, for example, renegotiation or exit from free trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreements were the subject of the campaign by both parties.  Beyond trade, globalization and the rising populist calls affect all aspects of cross border practice, from litigation and arbitration, rising consumer class actions, immigration, and transactional and regulatory work.  While the United States may be shifting course towards increased protectionism, countries in Latin America, such as Argentina, Brazil and Peru, are rolling back the same policies and seeking to encourage foreign investment.  At the same time, regional developments continue to fundamentally alter the economic and political landscape of the region, including, for example, Operation Car Wash in Brazil, the development of UNASUR, and rejection and renegotiation of a peace deal in Colombia.    What do these developments mean for lawyers practicing law in the Americas from Alaska to Argentina across all disciplines? How are lawyers from outside the Hemisphere affected? The Conference will explore these questions from the perspective of multiple practice areas and regions.
For programming ideas centered on dispute resolution, please contact Ed Mullins ( The ABA also has expressed a strong preference for panel ideas that discuss transaction-oriented issues.  

For further details or questions, you may contact the ABA Section of International Law's 2017 Fall Meeting Co-Chair, Cristina Cardenas, at .

The deadline to submit program proposals is January 11, 2017 Proposals shall be submitted to Ed Mullins ( .

Upcoming Events

January 23-27, 2017
Join nearly 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association from around the state and beyond at the Annual Meeting, sharing insights and experiences. Take advantage of the excellent schedule of events presented by the Association's sections and committees, network at the member receptions and make connections with the exciting array of exhibitors.  Book your hotel room  here  by January 4. The room rate is $260/night, plus taxes and applicable fees. You may also reserve rooms directly with the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-HILTONS and mention the NYSBA Annual Meeting or provide group code NYSB. Click here to learn more.

As part of the program, ILS' sister organization, the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, will  present the annual Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs and hold a panel titled  Globalism versus Territorialism, exploring  new issues and anticipated ripple effects in a number of areas, including international trade, cross-border insolvency and governmental relations in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the UK and the recent Presidential election in the U.S.

February 14-15, 2017
The Florida Chamber of Commerce will host its International Days - Florida's leading conference convening top international trade and industry experts. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

February 17, 2017
The iLaw2017, the ILS Global Forum on International Law, newly rebranded from the former "ILAT", will be held on February 17, 2017 at the Conrad Hotel in Miami. The iLaw2017 will include the International Center for Dispute Resolution's (ICDR) Arbitration Track. The Program Brochure will be out shortly, but in the meantime, Save the Date!

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