The ILS Gazette

Monday, March 9, 2015

In This Issue
International Law Quarterly  
Fall 2014 Edition Now Available
The Fall 2014 Edition of the ILQ is available on the ILS website.

If you are interested in contributing to the next edition of the ILQ, please contact ILQ Editor Yara Lorenzo at


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Global Sponsor

- Aballi Milne Kalil

- Astigarraga Davis 

- Centro de Arbitragem e

 Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)

- DLA Piper

Hogan Lovells

- Meaden & Moore

- White & Case


Hemispheric Sponsor

- Hunton & Williams

- Kobre & Kim LLP  

Regional Sponsor

- Akerman

- Bilzin Sumberg

- Bryan Cave

- Concepción Martinez & Puente
- Fowler White Burnett

- GrayRobinson

- Greenberg Traurig
- Harper Meyer

- Squire Patton Boggs 


Become an ILS Sponsor for the 2014-2015 Cycle 


In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2013-2014, 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.

The ILS Gazette:


Kristin Drecktrah 



Peter A. Quinter

Immediate Past Chair:

C. Ryan Reetz


Eduardo Palmer


Alvin F. Lindsay, III


Arnoldo B. Lacayo

ILAT Conference 

Photos from the ILAT Conference, February, 27, 2015, and Opening Reception


Yine Rodriguez and Peter Quinter


Mariana Conti Craveiro and Eduardo Palmer


Angel Valverde, Jacqueline Becerra and Richard Lorenzo


Richard Montes de Oca, Stephanie Carman, Sharie Hudson and Richard Dewitt


Jose Godinez Samperio, Jim Meyer, Honorable Rosemary Barkett, Peter Quinter and Bob Becerra


Jacqueline Becerra, Richard Montes de Oca, Marcelo Hallake, Mariana Conti Craveiro


Zachary Schrader


Preparing for the next panel


Joseph Farina, Honorable Chris McAliley, Trent Walton, Sandra Friedrich and Juan Pablo Moyano


Giselle Leonardo and Peter Quinter


Daniel Vielleville and Elisabeth Eljuri


Alvin Lindsay and Laura Reich


Peter Quinter and Sandra Friedrich


David Butler, Arnoldo Lacayo and Annette Escobar


Daniel Visoiu, Clarissa Rodriguez


Peter Quinter and Penelope Perez-Kelly


Christopher Johnson, Gerald Cope


Tania Cruz and Ryan Reetz






* The ILS thanks Akerman for becoming a Regional Sponsor for the 2014-2015 term. Thank you for the support!

* University of Miami School of Law LL.M. open house, March 11, 2015

* Florida Chamber International Days, April 7-9, Tallahassee

"The High Tide of International Adjudication and Arbitration" Lecture, April 11, presented by the International Arbitration Institute of the University of Miami School of Law

* 33rd Annual International Lawyer of the Americas Banquet honoring Edward H. Davis, Jr., University of Miami, April 16

* ILS Exploratory Trip to Cuba - Request for Feedback from Interested Individuals

* Photos from ILAT Conference
Upcoming Events

March Events

March 11, 2015 - The University of Miami School of Law will host an LL.M. open house from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Morton's Steakhouse, 1200 Brickell Avenue in Miami. ILS Members are welcome to attend. Please see more information and register here

March 12-13, 2015 - The International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates (IFTTA) will hold its 4th IFTTA North American Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Visit this site for more information and to register.

April Events

April 1, 2015 - The University of Miami School of Law's International Arbitration Institute invites you to "The High Tide of International Adjudication and Arbitration" at the School of Law building, 1311 Miller Drive, Room E352, Coral Gables. This conversation will feature Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, who has practiced and taught international law for 60 years, Professor Jan Paulsson, holder of the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair and Faculty Chair of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program, and Professor Bernard Oxman, Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Master of Laws Program in Ocean and Coastal Law. The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception immediately to follow at the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge. Visit this page to register

April 7-9, 2015 - Florida Chamber International Days in Tallahassee. Plan to join Florida's premier international trade conference as we continuing advancing to secure Florida's future through trade and logistics. Please click here to view program information and to register.

April 16, 2015 - The Inter-American Law Review of the University of Miami School of Law hosts its 33rd Annual International Lawyer of the Americas Banquet at the Student Activities Center - Center Ballroom, 1311 Miller Road, Coral Gables. This year's honoree is Edward H. Davis, Jr., ILS Past President and a founding shareholder of Astigarraga Davis. The event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and a dinner to follow from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Click here to view the event flyer and to register.


April 28 - May 2, 2015 - The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend our 2015 Spring Meeting in the beautiful and historic city of Washington, DC. Join over 1,200 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for four days of networking and programming on the latest international legal and ethics issues. The ILS is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can register for the conference at the discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by using the discount code "ICSM0428" on the checkout page of the online registration portal.

The 2015 Spring Meeting will offer you:

Cutting edge programming and an entire year's worth of CLE including nearly 70 substantive concurrent panel sessions that will cover themes including: Business, Disputes, Energy/Environment, Intellectual Property, Law Practice and Human Rights.

Opportunities to learn from top legal experts and hear from world class speakers including:  Bill Browder, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Hermitage Capital Management; International Court of Justice Judge Joan Donoghue; and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Evening receptions at some of the most exclusive venues in Washington, DC and networking opportunities with thought leaders and experts, policy makers, key international enforcers, decision makers and international leaders in the law.

Save on your registration by taking advantage of early bird rates before March 16th! Registration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, academics, law students, corporate counsel, solo / small practice and retired attorneys.

Please visit
 this page or see the flyer to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations and the latest updates on the 2015 Spring Meeting. Please contact Peter Quinter, ILS Chair ( with questions.


May Events


May 4 to 15, 2015 - WIPO-ECUPL Summer School on Intellectual Property, Shanghai, China. This course is intended for senior students (graduate and postgraduate) and young professionals from any field of study or discipline who are already familiar with IP. A certificate of participation is awarded by WIPO to participants who successfully complete the program requirements.

For more information and to register online (deadline is March 4, 2015), visit this site.

Click here for an introduction of ECUPL.

Click here for FAQs about the WIPO Academy.

Click here for more information on the WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property.


In The News

ILS Cuba Trip - Your Feedback Needed


The International Law Section of The Florida Bar is planning an exploratory trip to Havana Cuba to meet with local attorneys.  The planned trip would be between May 27-31, 2015.  If you are serious about going, we would appreciate your email response by this Wednesday, March 4th, to Carlos Osorio at and to Jim Meyer at as to the following:


(1)   Whether you prefer to hire a tour operating company to organize the ILS' trip under a general OFAC license for "people to people exchanges" which has an estimated cost of $3,000 per person (as per three quotes so far obtained by the ILS) which is all-inclusive and includes airfare, hotel, all meals, transport, taxes, etc.  The estimated cost is for five days / four nights.  The itinerary would be a full-time agenda set by the tour company (in consultation with the ILS) and would include a variety of cultural activities.


(2)   Whether you prefer to travel for two to three days, also between May 27-31, but without the "full-time" agenda of a tour company.  The ILS itinerary would consist strictly of several meetings with Cuban legal professionals and organizations. The ILS would set the professional meeting agenda but everyone would need to arrange for their own hotel accommodations, flight, cultural activities, and Cuban Government visa based on the ILS' recommendations and guidance.  Under this option, travel to Cuba would also be under a general OFAC license provision, requiring no prior approval by OFAC so long as all U.S. regulations (as recently amended) are respected.  The cost of such a trip would in all likelihood be less than $3,000.


We look forward to your prompt response so we can gauge interest in these options. 



Florida Bar ILS Vis International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot 


The ILS thanks all of its volunteer arbitrators and committee members for their hard work in making yet another pre-moot successful this year! Congratulations to all teams for their impressive display of knowledge, oral advocacy skills, and professionalism. 


 First Place team and winner of CIArb award, University of Florida


 Second Place team and winner of Wolter Kluwers book award, University of Georgia


 Third Place team, Florida International University


 Best Oralist and winner of MIAS award, Dimitrios Peteves, University of Florida


 Second Place Oralist and winner of Wolters Kluwer book award, Andrew DiComo, University of Florida