Monday, July 11, 2016
The International Law Section Gazette
Upcoming Events

August 3, 2016
The ILS Annual Conference (ILAT Conference) Committee will hold its first steering committee meeting at  Fowler White Burnett, 1395 Brickell Ave, 14th Floor, at 6:30 p.m. ILS members interested in participating in the planning of the section's premier event scheduled for February 17, 2017, are welcome to attend. Please email your RSVP (indicating whether you will attend in person or by phone) to Reina Diaz at by Monday, August 1. 

August 10, 2016
The ILS Tax Law Committee will be holding a planning meeting for the 2016-2017 cycle at the offices of Aballi Milne Kalil located at 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 2250, Miami. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Committee Chair Megan Campos at by Thursday, August 4. 

August 30, 2016
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce  will be hosting a panel discussion regarding Brexit. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, which is located at 260 Aragon Avenue. Please keep an eye on the Gazette as more information will be forthcoming. To learn more about this event, please contact Arthur Freyre at

Section News
International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Goes to Florida Supreme Court

Final approval for a new certification area in International Litigation and Arbitration has been given by the Bar Board of Governors. The board, at its May meeting, unanimously approved the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee to create the new area, which had been proposed by the International Law Section. Read more from The Florida Bar News here.

International Law Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

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.

Member News
Roy Gonas, Fulbright Specialist Grantee, Lectures in Central and Eastern Europe

ILS member and Coral Gables attorney and arbitrator Roy Gonas has been lecturing at universities in Eastern and Central Europe on topics regarding international arbitration through a Fulbright grant. In April and May of this year, Mr. Gonas lectured for two weeks at the University of Szeged in southern Hungary on the topic of International Commercial Arbitration. He then led a discussion on arbitration at the Institute for Legal Studies in Budapest; gave a guest lecture at Central European University entitled "Ethics and Management of the Arbitration Case: an Insider's Perspective"; and presented at an international  conference entitled "Investment Arbitration and National Interest: Central and Eastern European experiences in the light of the upcoming EU-US Free Trade Agreement" on the topic of "The Settlement of Investment Disputes through the Lenses of an Arbitrator."

The last of these conferences was held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University.  Participants and other presenters were from the US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe.

In September, Mr. Gonas is scheduled to give a lecture at the University of Kyiv, and in addition, give a lecture series on International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Chernivtsi and the University of Lviv (Ukraine).

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 2015-2016, 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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