Monday, August 31, 2015
The International Law Section Gazette
Please note a correction in the Sept. 16 ILAT Meeting notice: Robert Becerra's email address is

Member News
Message from ILQ Editor-in-Chief
Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in serving on the ILQ's Editorial Team.  I am pleased to announce the new Editors of the ILQW as follows:
Articles Editor-Javier Peral, Associate at Hogan Lovells
Managing Editor-Claudia Casalis, Associate at Robert Allen Law
Web Editor-Joshua Poyer, Associate at Aballi Milne Kalil
We are still in need of Regional Editors for the following regions:  Mexico, Korean Peninsula, Japan, Central America, Canada, Australia, and India.  If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact me at   Finally, our next issue of the ILQ will be a special focus on Women in International Law.  The deadline for Articles has been extended to October 15.  Please let me know if you're interested in contributing an article.
Yara Lorenzo

Shahzad Ahmed Awarded National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
Attorney Shahzad Ahmed was awarded The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in 2015.  According to The National Advocates Top 100, this award exemplifies "superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence and performance in their area of specialty."
Attorney Ahmed is Board Certified as an Expert by the Florida Bar in Immigration and Nationality Law.  According to the American Bar Association, less than 8% of lawyers are certified as experts by a state or national certifying body.  Attorney Ahmed has over 15 years of experience and is dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration law.  He was elected as the Orlando Regional Vice-Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and liaison with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  Mr. Ahmed has handled thousands of immigration cases, including business and investor visas, family petitions and deportation cases. Attorney Ahmed is also a Human Rights Defender. Visit to see his project.

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 LawIf you are interested in submitting an article or have questions, please contact ILQ Editor Yara Lorenzo:
Upcoming Events                                              
 September Events

September 16, 2015
The 2016 International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions (ILAT) Conference Steering Committee will hold its kick-off planning meeting at the offices of Fowler White Burnett, P.A., at 1395 Brickell Avenue, 14th Floor, Miami, FL 33131, at 6:30 p.m. ILS members interested in becoming a part of the steering committee in the areas of programming, sponsorship, or operations are encouraged to attend this meeting. If you have questions, contact Robert Becerra ( To RSVP, please email

September 23, 2015
Wilberforce Chambers, in association with Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A. and Mishcon de Reya, presents a seminar to the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, at 1 SE 3rd Avenue, 10th Floor, in Miami. Topics include suing offshore corporations in onshore derivative actions, developments in cross-border insolvency, injunctive relief to support US actions in the Cayman Islands or England, and multi-jurisdictional enforcement and funding strategies. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with the program ending at 7:00 p.m., followed by a drinks reception. The seminar is free of charge but spaces are limited.
Please click here for the full program including speaker bios.   

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. The ILS Immediate Past Chair, Peter Quinter, will be speaking at this event. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch, as well as an afternoon networking reception. 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 theABA 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) 653-1441More 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 Kalil, P.A.
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)
  • Hogan Lovells
  • 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.

 Become a Sponsor for the 2015-2016 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

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