ILS Chair’s News & Notes

Dear ILS Members,
As a child, I learned the work days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, and Gazette day. Another Gazette Day is upon us. Super Bowl follows.
I have been reflecting on the extraordinary events in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, this past week. On Monday, the Myanmar military staged a coup, arresting Myanmar leader Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate, and other leaders of her political party who recently won an election. The military’s reason for the coup was that the government had not acted upon the military’s claims of electoral fraud in November’s elections, in which Suu Kyi’s party won a majority of parliament’s seats. I compare this to the situation we recently had in the United States, where one party maintained that there was massive electoral fraud in the presidential election. Here, the issue of electoral fraud played out in the courts and in the Congress, and was resolved peacefully in favor of the electoral winner. Despite calls from some in the former President’s circle for a declaration of martial law, the head of our military, as its tradition, put out an amazing statement that it simply does not get involved in elections. What a contrast with the events in Myanmar, and an example of how important having a tradition of the Rule of Law is in maintaining freedom, democracy and self determination. Extraordinary.
I digress. More importantly, this issue of the Gazette once again features our Florida Bar Board Certified lawyers. This time, we feature ILS Executive Council member Penelope Perez-Kelly of Orlando’s Fisher Rushmer.  Penelope has experience in a broad variety of complex commercial international and domestic litigation and corporate matters. Penelope also vouches for the usefulness of the ILS International Law Deskbook 2020 for preparing for the board certification exam. There is a link below in the Gazette to purchase your copy!
The International Arbitration Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law is holding on February 16th the second installment of its Webinar Series, “What the Rules Don’t Tell You.” The Webinar, entitled “Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution (SCAI),” which will be moderated by Florida ILS Past Chair Ryan Reetz, of Florida ILS Regional Sponsor Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Miami. Your Section is working with the ABA to get all our members the ABA SIL section registration rate for this webinar.
The editors of the International Law Quarterly, your Section’s premier quarterly magazine, are soliciting articles for the Spring 2021 issue, which will focus on predictions and expectations regarding Shifts in International Law and Principles Under the Biden Administration. Think you know where the Biden Administration is headed? Here is your opportunity to tell us and get some great exposure at the same time for you or your firm. ILS Sponsors also get great color advertising opportunities in our magazine. You will find a link our last issue below in our Gazette to see why our magazine is tops in International Law.
This is Super Bowl weekend. Do I root for Brady (old) or Mahomes (young). You guess.
Sincerely yours,
Robert J. Becerra