September 27, 2017

ABA conference in Miami tackles timely issues connecting U.S. to Central and South America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2017 — The American Bar Association Section of International Law will host its 2017 Fall Conference in Miami Oct. 24-27, featuring a luncheon talk by the head of the Organization of American States and programs focusing on a range of Central and South American issues that include trade, immigration and practice of law in those regions.

A New Dawn in the Hemisphere: Doing business in the Americas in the new global economy"
Sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law

Tuesday – Friday, Oct. 24-27

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, Fla. 33131

Keynote luncheon speakers include:

Thursday from 12:45 - 2 p.m. — Luis Almagro, secretary general, Organization of American States. The former foreign minister of Uruguay, Almagro took office as OAS secretary general in March 2015 for a five-year term. He is the second Uruguayan to lead the OAS and is focusing on developing opportunities to reduce inequalities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Friday from 12:45 – 2 p.m. — Julio Frenk, president, University of the University of Miami. He became the sixth president of the university in August of 2015, and holds academic appointments as a professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and as professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business Administration. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Frenk was the dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. A physician, he served as the minister of health of Mexico from 2000-06.

More than 65 continuing legal education sessions will feature scores of speakers from the legal and international business and development areas. Programming begins on Wednesday, Oct. 25, with a plenary morning session, “Women Entrepreneurs in the International Arena: There Is No Try,” with conference co-chairs, Cristina Cardenas and Melissa Pallett-Vasquez, moderating. There will be multiple programs relating to law and business in Cuba, covering such areas as finance, dispute resolution and international arbitration.

Other program highlights include:

View from the Bench: The State of International Law” — Four judges from the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands will explore the status of international law in judicial decision-making, including cross-border enforcement of judgments and international precedent.
Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m.

“Beyond the Wall: The New Administration’s Impact on Immigration Policy” — With many lawyers and their clients concerned about changes occurring in the immigration system, the panel will tackle how the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress could affect the current U.S. immigration structure, particularly in terms of employers. Among the questions to be addressed: Which of the president’s plans would have the most impact on business immigration policy; what changes could the new administration enact via executive orders and regulations without congressional action; and what could be the consequences of a renegotiation of NAFTA?
Friday, 9-10:30 a.m.

“Mary Jane Goes into the Lab: The Evolving Business & Medical Landscape of Marijuana in North and South America.” While marijuana legalization efforts are taking place at the state level in the U.S., Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and Canada have all moved nationally to legalize pot, creating a fledgling industry. Jamaica, for instance, created a licensing authority to regulate cultivation and distribution of cannabis for medical and scientific use. Experts from some of these countries will share their experiences navigating the cannabis new world.
Friday, 9-10:30 a.m.

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