Call for Arbitrators – 2019 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot

The University of Miami School of Law will be hosting the 2019 Global Rounds of theForeign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot competition on its campus from November 7-10, 2019The FDI Moot is an annual competition that helps future lawyers attain a practical understanding of the issues that arise out of obligations between host States and foreign investors. This year’s hypothetical, which is set under theICSID Rules, addresses interesting issues relating to provisional measures, denunciation ofthe ICSID Convention, multi-party claims, damage calculation and whether blocking of a social media platform/website amounts to a treaty breach.  This event – held for the first time in Florida – will bring to Miami about 350 students, coaches and arbitrators from around the globe interested in international dispute resolution.  It will provide a great opportunity to highlight Miami’s growing importance as an arbitration hub as well as Florida’s growing community of experienced international arbitration practitioners.  TheFDI Moot schedule will include several social and networking events. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer arbitrator, please register here (once you sign up, make sure to indicate your availability for the Global Rounds in Miami).  More details on the FDI Moot Miami 2019 are available here:

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Call for Articles – Fall 2019 ILQ: Focus on the Caribbean

The editors of the International Law Quarterly are soliciting articles for the Fall 2019 edition, which will focus on Caribbean topics and issues. Possible topics include travel to Cuba, the effects of sea level rise, demographic changes in the islands, or any other issue that inspires you to write. Timely articles not dealing with the Caribbean will also be accepted for inclusion in this edition. The deadline for submission of draft articles is August 14, 2019.
Please submit a statement of interest in writing an article on a specific topic to Ana, and Laura, as soon as possible.
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Call for Info for the ILS Gazette “Member Spotlight”

The International Law Section Gazette calls for all Members to share their biographies and professional achievements to support its newly introduced “Member Spotlight” section. Featuring different members every week, the Member Spotlight aims to connect all members across the state of Florida and beyond, develop the ILS network, and encourage member participation to ILS events and initiatives.
To be featured on “Member Spotlight” and share your information and professional successes with the ILS Network, please email Davide Macelloni, Editor of the ILSGazette.
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Join the International Law Section 

If you are reading the Gazette, chances are that you are a practitioner or a student with an interest in International Law, one of the most wide-ranging, exciting and challenging legal specialties. Everyone in our field knows how crucial it is to stay on top of diverse and evolving national legal regimes, and at the same time, the difficulty of keeping meticulously up-to-date on developments around the world.
The International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar is here to help you, the practitioner, navigate both the everyday and big-picture challenges of our field. Our Section is your forum to share knowledge and best practices, and to meet and mingle with peers in professional collaborations that can only enhance your grasp of the specialty and your standing among clients and peers.
Let ILS membership assist you in developing a thriving international practice through peer network development that includes important shared learnings and reciprocal referrals of clients and casework.
If your practice transcends borders, join us in making this the authoritative, go-to forum for Florida and the gateway to the region for anyone practicing International Law. Our Section is open to lawyers from other states and countries, full-time faculty at U.S. law schools, and full-time U.S. law students, all of whom may participate as associate members. For more information regarding membership with the ILS, click HERE.
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International Law Section – Call for Member News

The Executive Board of the International Law Section calls for all Members to share news about their professional achievements, endeavors, and successes to be published in theGazette and on the International Law Section website.
To share your professional achievements with the ILS Network, please submit all relevant information to Davide Macelloni, Editor of the ILS Gazette.
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Save the Date – ILS Audio Webcasts 2019-2020

Save the date for the following ILS webcasts:

September 11, 2019: (3564) The Venezuela Sanctions: Staying Clear of Uncharted Mines (audio webcast) 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. by Aleksandar Dukic, Richard Montes De Oca, and Jacqueline Arango.

September 18, 2019: (3565) The RFE Dilemma: How to Strategize Your Response to RFEs for L and H Visas (audio webcast) 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM by Larry Rifkin, Elaine Weiss, Juan Carlos Freyre.

International Law Section – Call for Committee Members

The International Law Section Foreign Legal Consultants Committee and Legislative Committee call for all Members to join their ranks for the 2019-2020 bar year. Join Today!


For additional information, please email the ILS Chair Clarissa Rodriguez,, or ILS Chair-Elect Robert Becerra,

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Available CLEs

During the Spring, the Florida Bar International Law Section proudly offered CLE webinars on a wide variety of topics, including H-1B Processing, Key Changes in EU General Data Protection Regulations, and FIFA Transfer Rules and the Court of Arbitration for Sports. All past programs have a link to register for on demand and downloadable podcasts for the next 18 months.

Great Success of the 2019 Conference on International Law in Panama

On May 31, the Florida Bar International Law Section held its 2019 Conference on International Law at Morgan & Morgan in Panama City, Republic of Panama.


The Conference kicked-off with a welcome dinner on May 30, 2019, and continued on May 31, 2019 featuring panels on Comparative Tax Law, Comparative Maritime Law, Comparative Litigation and Arbitration, and Comparative Corporate Law. The ILS thanks all attendees and looks forward to the next edition.


ILS Chair Carlos F. Osorio and Treasurer James M. Meyer



ILS Signs Cooperation Agreement with the Law Society of Hong Kong

On May 22, 2019, The Florida Bar International Law Section, represented by Immediate Past-Chair Arnoldo B. Lacayo and Eduardo De La Peña, signed a cooperation agreement with the Law Society of Hong Kong as a token of collaboration and mutual desire to strengthen the relationship between Florida and Hong Kong. As commemoration of the event, Lacayo and De La Peña presented the Law Society with a plaque, while the Law Society gifted the ILS with a frame depicting scenes of Hong Kong.

Left to right: Louise Kam Faye Wong, Law Society of Hong Kong Vice-President, Amirali B. Nasir, ILS Immediate Past-Chair, Arnoldo B. Lacayo, and Eduardo De La Peña