July 8-11, 2019

Save the Date: Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot

Save the Date: Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot

Save the Date! The International Law Section will once again be hosting the Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at JAMS, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2600, Miami, Florida, for teams competing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna and Hong Kong. The day-long event includes four rounds between the competing law schools with seasoned practitioners serving as arbitrators.
Register Your Team! To Register a team, please contact Alicia Menendez at amenendez@shb.com or write us at ilspremoot@gmail.com.
Volunteer as an Arbitrator! If you are interested in serving as a volunteer arbitrator or would like more information, please contact Adrian Nuñez at anunez@jonesday.com or write us at ilspremoot@gmail.com.

The 2019 Florida Bar ILS Retreat

The ILS at the 2019 Florida Bar Annual Conventio

Please join The Florida Bar International Law Section at the 69th Florida Bar Annual Convention, which will be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432 from June 26-29, 2019. To RSVP to the ILS events, click HERE. Following is a complete schedule of the International Law Section program:

For The Florida Bar Annual Convention Page on The Florida Bar website, Click HERE.

Please do not forget to download the 2019 Annual Florida Convention Mobile App. It is available for Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets and will allow users to get an up-to-date schedule, create their own schedule, get important notices and hotel maps, see and post to the Activity Feed/Social Wall, use the hashtag #MyFloridaBar, and much more.

Save the Date: iLaw 2020

Save the Date! If you have not heard, mark your calendars and save the date: iLaw2020 will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami. The programming will feature the international litigation track, the business transactions track, and the ICDR international arbitration track.


Join us at the first meeting of the iLaw2020 Steering Committee. The iLaw2020 Steering Committee will be having its first meeting on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Sequor Law offices, 1001 Brickell Bay Drive, 9th Floor, Miami, Florida 33131. If you would like to be involved in the planning of iLaw2020, please join us. You can also call in by dialing (305) 537-9537; ID 131216#; Password 1234#.


Send you Proposals. Lastly, the iLaw2020 Steering Committee is now accepting proposals! If you have an idea for a topic to be featured at next year’s iLaw, please send us a proposal including (i) the title of the proposed panel, (ii) a short description of the topic, and (iii) proposed panelists and moderator. You can send the proposals to
Cristina Vicenscvicens@sequorlaw.com.

The Steering Committee hopes to see you on Monday!

The Florida Bar ILS Joins AIJA in Miami for Its 2019 Half-Year Conference

Please join the Florida Bar International Law Section and the International Association of Young Lawyers for the AIJA Half-Year Conference on October 30 – November 2, 2019 in Miami, FL.
On the eve of the 2020, AIJA steps boldly into the third decade of the twenty-first century by gathering for its Half-Year October Conference in the beautiful and dynamic city of Miami. Nestled between world-renowned beaches and a delicate wetlands eco-system, lies the seventh-largest metropolitan region in the United States. Miami is a legal, financial, trade and transportation powerhouse, the gateway to North, Central, and South America, and a cultural melting pot.
Join AIJA and Miami’s diverse and multi-lingual legal community for a top-notch academic programme focusing on business in Latin America, the hottest topics in international litigation, and energy in the age of renewables. Home hospitality and an unforgettable social programme will introduce you to Miami’s warmth and welcoming spirit as well as to its legendary entertainment venues and scene.
The Conference will feature three tracks running in parallel:
1. Doing Business in LATAM 2020: Getting to a Legal State of Bliss;
2. Cross-border Disputes 2020: What to Expect in the Coming Decade;
3. Oil and Gas 2020: Fossil Fuels in a Renewable World. 
In addition, the Miami Half-Year Conference will feature a leadership and diversity-focused workshop organized by by AIJA’s Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership, and Learning (SCILL) Commission.
Who will Attend? 
The Conference will attract more than 300 legal professionals, including private practice attorneys, in-house counsel, and government attorneys dealing with diverse cross-border legal issues on a global scale, including litigation, corporate and M&A, compliance, antitrust, international trade, e-commerce.
For registration, sponsorship opportunities, and lodging information, please CLICK HERE. For additional information, please contact Arnie Lacayo at alacayo@sequorlaw.com or Eduardo de la Peña at edp@reedsmith.com.

ILS Executive Council Meeting on June 28, 2019

During The Florida Bar Annual Convention, the Florida Bar International Law Section will hold its Executive Council Meeting on Friday June 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The Meeting will take place in the Grand Ballroom I of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Immediately thereafter, the International Law Section will host its Luncheon.

June 26-28, 2019

Upcoming CLE Events

The Florida Bar International Law Section is proud to offer the following CLE events, which will be held in webinar form. The CLE webinars will include a wide variety of topics, including the New Landscape of Data Protection and Privacy in Brazil. All past programs have a link to register for on demand and downloadable podcasts for the next 18 months. To get further information or to sign up click on the webinar links below:


The ALI Approves the Restatement of The U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration

On May 20, 2019, the American Law Institute approved the Restatement of The U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration at its annual meeting in Washington D.C. Work for the Restatement began in 2007, and many esteemed members of The Florida Bar International Law Section were involved in the process, including Past-Chairs Ed Mullins and C. Ryan Reetz, and members José Astigarraga, Pedro Martinez-Fraga, and Joseph M. Matthews.

According to the press release by the American Law Institute, the Restatement “identifies the role of the courts over the life cycle of an arbitral proceeding, including enforcement of the arbitration agreement, the judicial role in arboreal proceedings, and post-award relief.” The Restatement further addresses “the ways in which the basic principles governing U.S. court involvement in investor-State arbitration in some instances are different from those applicable to international commercial arbitration generally.”

This is the first time that The American Law Institute has produced a Restatement on this area of the law. With the approval of the Proposed Final Draft, the Reporters will now prepare the Institute’s official text for publication. Until the official text is published, the Proposed Final Draft approved by ALI’s Council and membership is the official position of ALI, and may be cited as such. For the full press release by the American Law Instituteclick here.