Monday, July 27, 2015
The International Law Section Gazette
Member News
Rafael Ribeiro Joins Hogan Lovells
ILS Executive Council member Rafael Ribeiro has joined the Miami office of Hogan Lovells. With its worldwide footprint, including robust presence in Brazil and Mexico, Hogan Lovells provides Ribeiro with a strong platform to support the areas of his team's practice, including international litigation and arbitration, international investigations, and complex commercial litigation. Read more in the press release.

New Article by Shahzad Ahmed
ILS member Shahzad Ahmed, an immigration and human rights lawyer with NeJame Law, recently published an article, "Time running short to save Asia Bibi: My Word," available here

Call for Committee Members
The ILS Mediation Committee is currently seeking additional members. If you are interested in joining, please contact Ricardo Cata ( or David Lichter (
Visiting Professorship Opportunities
The Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), in cooperation with law faculties in Eastern Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union, offer short-term appointments to senior lawyers (more than 15 years of significant experience in area) from common law countries. The application deadline is August 15, 2015Visit this site for more information or click here.

International Law Quarterly
The 2015 winter edition of the International Law Quarterly (ILQ) focusing on customs and trade is available to view and download at this link.

The next ILQ will focus on International Arbitration. The focus of the following ILQ will be Women in International Law, and the deadline for article submissions is August 15, 2015If you are interested in submitting an article or have questions, please contact ILQ Editor Yara Lorenzo:
Upcoming Events                                              
August Events

August 7, 2015
The Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS) invites you to its August membership meeting at Akerman LLP, One SE Third Avenue, 25th Floor, Miami. This month, C. Ryan Reetz and Pedro Martinez-Fraga, both members of the Miami office of Bryan Cave, will present "Regulatory Sovereignty and the Public Purpose Doctrine in International Law." Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the program starting at 8:15 a.m. To RSVP, contact Ines Calderon at

September Events

September 14-18, 2015
The International Arbitration Institute of the University of Miami School of Law presents a practitioners' course, "How to Persuade a Tribunal: The Fundamentals and Advocacy in International Arbitration," in Coral Gables, Florida, led by Professor Jan Paulsson. Attend "The Fundamentals of Arbitration" September 14-16 and "Arbitration Advocacy Training" on September 17-18Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Miami School of Law and the International Arbitration Institute. The best participant in the mock session will receive the "Jan Paulsson Advocacy Award." For more information and to register, visit this page.

October Events

October 9, 2015
NEXCO in partnership with Datamyne Inc. presents "Preparing for Trade with Cuba," a full-day conference at the Sofitel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami. This conference is designed for anyone who wants to be one step ahead of the curve as the U.S. eases its trade embargo with Cuba. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch, as well as an afternoon networking reception. Early bird rates expire July 31, 2015. Visit this page for more information and to register.

October 20-24, 2015
The ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting will take place in Montreal at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. The ILS is a cooperating entity and ILS members are entitled to a discounted rate at the ABA SIL member rate. Click here to see the conference flyer and registration form. For up-to-date information and online registration, visit the ABA SIL's page here.


October 30 - November 1, 2015

ILS members interested in enhancing their knowledge and credentials in the field of International Commercial Arbitration are invited to participate in a training and assessment opportunity with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in Miami, Florida in conjunction with JAMS and the American College of Construction Lawyers.


An all-star team of faculty (comprising a number of Section members) is confirmed for this event, which is targeted at senior-level practitioners seeking to obtain CIArb's globally recognized "Fellow" standard in the field of International Commercial Arbitration. Please note that the assessment finishes prior to the opening of the 13th Annual ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration, so out-of-town advocates and arbitrators can accomplish a lot in one trip with no overlap in their schedule. For more information, contact Section member Philip W. "Whit' Engle at (770) 653-1441. More details here.


November Events

November 1-3, 2015
The 13th annual ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key in Miami, Florida. Under the theme "Tooling up for international arbitration," this conference will address many relevant topics related to the current legal trends in Latin America including arbitration in energy, banking and finance disputes. Register now to lock in early bird rates, which expire July 31, 2015. More information is available on the ICC website and in the conference brochure.

November 4-6, 2015

The 26th IFFTA (International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates) Worldwide Conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The venue will be the Law School of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, at Figueroa Alcorta 2263. The Conference is sponsored by the Tourism Law Observatory of that law school, a member of the WTO. Details are available here (upper right corner of the page). 


For those wishing to extend their visit, and additional, optional trip to Punta del Este, Uruguay, is available with complimentary luxury accommodations and meetings with Uruguayan Supreme Court Justice, Ambassador, and Counsels. Limited space and details are available through ILS Member and former Chair, Laurence D. Gore (

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2015-2016 cycle
  • Aballi Milne
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)
  • Lex International
  • White & Case
  • 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 2014-2015, 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.

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The ILS Gazette

Editor: Kristin Drecktrah

Chair: Eduardo Palmer
Immediate Past Chair: Peter A. Quinter
Chair-Elect: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Seretary: Arnaldo B. Lacayo
Treasurer: Carlos F. Osorio