Monday, September 14, 2015
The International Law Section Gazette
Member News

Conflict Resolution Quarterly Special Call for Submissions
Averting the Battle?: Conflict Prevention and State-to-State arbitration in the context of International Investments

All articles should include a 100 word abstract, reflect an understanding of previous discussions in the literature on the chosen question (a literature review), and range from 2500 to 7500 words in length. CRQ uses a double-blind peer review process to assure fair and equal access to all authors. The deadline for submissions is January 15th 2016. 

Please click here to view more information regarding subject matter and publication guidelines. For questions about this publication opportunity, please contact Guest Editor and ILS Member Manuel A. Gomez at

ILS and Barcelona Bar Lawyer Exchange Program
The ILS has an agreement with the Barcelona Bar Association to promote firms from either jurisdiction to host young lawyers from the other jurisdiction as law clerks. This program remains open, and any firm interested in having a foreign law clerk is encouraged to contact Yine Rodriguez Perez at

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 publications for that edition are due on October 15, 2015If 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 ( If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP with Maggie Riveron at or 305-789-9200.

September 23, 2015
The City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center Presents its First Hands-on Workshop, "How it All Happens: The EB-5 Project and Foreign Investor Process from Start to Finish," from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City of Miami City Hall Commission Chambers, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. 

This is the City of Miami's first workshop in its "how it is done" practical application series.  Watch what happens in the creation of a real USCIS EB-5 project and how investors and project professionals work through the foreign investor visa process.  National expert teams who are integral to any win-win project will come together on project specific panels and take our audience through the steps, to include key areas: legal, business, marketing, raising capital, compliance and investor representation.

Advance registration is mandatory due to occupancy capacity restrictions. Please pre-register via email to  no later than Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Please note:  Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Application for Accreditation is in process.

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 22, 2015
The HistoryMiami's 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society presents "Pedro Pan at 55: Lawyers and the Legal Profession, Looking Back and Looking Forward," at HistoryMiami Museum, 101C West Flagler Street, Miami, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. This panel is an exploration of the legal side of the relationship between the United States and Cuba. The panel will include a timely dialogue about the current state of Cuban jurisprudence. Panelists include two Pedro Pans, a participant in the Florida Supreme Court program for Cuban lawyers and two attorneys who recently returned from an exploratory trip to Cuba. Click here to RSVP. For more information, please contact Hilda Masip at

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 (
December Events

December 3, 2015

The flag has been raised in Cuba: What's next?

The ILS has agreed to join editors from The Economist magazine in the promotion of this Cuba Summit on December 3rd in Washington DC. The recent flag raising in Havana marked an official beginning of new economic opportunities for American businesses in Cuba. Travel from the US to Cuba has already increased by 35 percent since January, and American tech companies, including AirBnB and Netflix, are claiming their market share. The Cuba Summit will explore expected changes in policy, Cuba's shifting political ties and the prospects of trade and foreign investment flows as a result of this renewed relationship. 

Members of the International Law Section can save $400 on the standard rate when you register with our special code, FBI400. View more conference information and sign up here.

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
  • 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