Monday, June 20, 2016
The International Law Section Gazette
Section News

Message of Solidarity from Québec Bar

In the wake of the tragedy that struck Orlando just over one week ago, the Québec Bar sent a letter to Immediate Past Chair Eduardo Palmer as an expression of solidarity. Click here to read

Member News
ILS Member, Michelle A. Estlund, Successfully Represented Former CIA Agent in INTERPOL Matter

Michelle Estlund is the founder and principal attorney of Estlund Law, P.A., located in Miami, Florida.  Michelle's practice focuses exclusively on criminal and INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) defense cases, with an emphasis on international criminal prosecutions, human rights violations, and politically motivated prosecutions.  Michelle regularly advises individual and corporate clients, fellow attorneys, international journalists, and human rights organizations on issues related to INTERPOL.  Michelle has successfully represented Red Notice subjects before INTERPOL by achieving the removal of Red Notices in their names, as well as having Red Notices modified or corrected.  She writes extensively about INTERPOL matters on her blog, the Red Notice Law Journal. She is a recipient of the President's Award of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter and has twice been awarded "Best in Blogs" for her legal blog, the Red Notice Law Journal.

Michelle recently represented a former CIA covert operative, Robert Seldon Lady, who was facing criminal charges in Italy for his role in a CIA-led extraordinary rendition of a suspected terrorist, Egyptian Islamist Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr. In an authorized operation, Mr. Lady and others took Mr. Nasr off the streets of Milan and delivered him to an interrogation cell in Cairo. This extraordinary rendition began a series of events that soured America's relations with Italy and upended the life and career of Mr. Lady and other CIA agents.
An Italian magistrate obtained indictments for 26 Americans and five Italians, including Mr. Lady.  This was the first known time that CIA operatives had ever been prosecuted by a friendly government for doing their jobs as directed by their supervisors. Mr. Lady was tried and convicted in absentia and sentenced to eight years in prison. Even though his cover in Italy was that he was working as deputy consul for the U.S. State Department, the U.S. government never fought to honor his diplomatic immunity.  Italian authorities requested and received an INTERPOL arrest warrant against Mr. Lady, and by all appearances, the U.S. government did nothing to assist with the INTERPOL matter.
 His work, his marriage, and his life all suffered profoundly as a result of the pending charges and INTERPOL activity.  Michelle worked with Mr. Lady's long-time and dedicated attorney, Tom Spencer, to understand the case, and then applied to INTERPOL to remove the Red Notice.  INTERPOL removed the Red Notice, thus allowing Mr. Lady, who is not currently in custody, to travel without risking detention or extradition due to the Red Notice.

Michelle can be contacted at or through her blog dedicated to INTERPOL matters:  Her office contact information is: Estlund Law, P.A., 147 Sevilla Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida.

Penelope Perez-Kelly Represents Section at Florida Bar Minority Picnic
ILS Executive Council member represented the ILS at its table at The Florida Bar Minority Picnic in 2016. The ILS table attracted interest from students and other Florida Bar members. Many thanks to Penelope for being a great ambassador for the ILS!

International Law Board Certification Applications for Lawyers
Recertification Applicants:  If you were originally certified in 2001, 2006 or 2011. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2016 unless you file a recertification extension request. Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2016. 

Initial Applicants
The filing period for initial applications opens July 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016.
Applications for initial board certification and recertification are available on the International Law Certification website.

Upcoming Events

June 19-21, 2016 - CLA 2016
The Conferencia Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (CLA) will take place in Miami, Florida at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Spots are rapidly filling up for the 8th Edition of this Conference.

The core themes of the event this year are the following:
  • Implicit Powers of Arbitrators
  • Appellate Review in Arbitration
  • Transparency in the Administration of Arbitrations
  • 3rd Parties in Arbitration: Liquidators, Receivers, Trustees, and Auditors (Interventores)
Visit the CLA 2016 site here for more information and to register.


June 20-24, 2016
The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) will hold its 52nd Conference at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel. Please note that the venue has changed and this conference will no longer be held in Havana, Cuba. For the conference program and registration information, please click here. Para español, seleccione aqui­. Visit the IABA website here for more information.

Spring 2016 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Spring 2016 ILQ focusing on Women and International Law 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:

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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 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 Paz

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

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