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President of the WJA and President of the U.S. Chapter participated in the International Trademark Association (INTA)

On June 7, 2017, Franklin Hoet-Linares, President of the WJA, and Sorell Negro, President of the U.S. Chapter of the WJA, participated in a meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Aruba.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss trade of counterfeit goods in the Caribbean and anti-counterfeiting efforts.  The meeting was well-attended by government officials including customs officials and law enforcement agents across the Caribbean, as well as industry representatives including from Proctor & Gamble, Philip Morris, and Puma.  The WJA is proud and delighted to announce that it is moving forward with a formal anti-counterfeiting effort in the Caribbean, working with INTA, government officials, and industry representatives to assist with training of customs officials, dissemination of best practices, and other efforts to reduce and eliminate counterfeiting of products and other illegal trade activities.

Invitation to Crytocurrencies Conference in Gibraltar on May 9th

The World Jurist Association gladly informs our members of an upcoming event held by our friends at the Digital Currency Summit. The event titled, ¨Cryptocurrencies: Defining Future Regulation”, will be held on May 9th at the University of Gibraltar. The day´s affairs will include presentations from both a legal and economic perspective. The various speakers will explore the framework and potentiality of the application of distributed ledger technology in terms of future regulation and the distribution of goods.

Our members were kindly offered a discount if they wish to attend the event. If interested, please contact the World Jurist Association via email for more information and for the discount code.

United Nations Side Event Blockchain: A Highway to Deliberative Democracy

On February 10th, the World Jurist Association participated in the 55th Commission for Social Development held by the UN. The overarching theme of the Commission was the potential efforts that would help to ensure sustainable development in hopes of eradicating global poverty. To continue this discussion of sustainable development, the World Jurist Association organized a side event, titled Blockchain: A Highway to a Deliberative Democracy, moderated by our Executive Vice President, Mr. Ramon Soler-Padró Canela and Mr. Alex Puig, founder of the Digital Currency Summit.

A host of experts ranging from the fields of law, philosophy, economics and technology spoke on the subjects of Blockchain and Deliberative Democracy. The list of these speakers include Mr. Alexander Löw, Germany Chapter President of the World Jurist Association, Ms. Sandra Ro, from CME Group with an expertise in Digitization, Dr. Jose Luís Martí, a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow of the University Center for Human Values of Princeton University and Professor of Law Philosophy at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Mr. Juan Llanos, Executive and Advisor of Blockchain, Fintech, and Compliance, Ms. Amber Baldet, Blockchain Program Lead at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Joseph Lubin, founder of Consensys, along with his coworker, Mr. Sam Cassett, the Chief Strategy Officer at Consensys. The presentations explored how the innovative technology of blockchains  and this conception of democracy, which includes the participation and deliberation of a larger number of actors from the social and economic scene, can assist states in order to enhance transparency. This transparency is especially pertinent in regards to the distribution of wealth and public services amongst a population.

Alex Low UN Side EventSandra Ro UN Side EventJose Luis Marti UN Side EventJuan Llanos UN Side EventAmber Baldet UN Side EventJoseph Lubin UN Side EventSam Cassett UN Side EventAlex Puig UN Side Event

The results of implementing Deliberative Governance (Democracy) supported by the Blockchain technology should be used to monitor how Member States are complying with the Social Development Goals, receiving the information directly from the source, these being the network piers that are tracking development in areas where the implementation of the SDGs are the most needed.


Featured above are as follows: Mr. Alexander Löw, Germany Chapter President, Mr. Ramon Soler-Padró Canela, Executive Vice President, Mr. Franklin Hoet-Linares, President of the World Jurist Association, Mrs. Kim Quarles, First Vice President, and Mr. Arístides Fernández Zucco, Third Vice President.

The Board of Governors Select Virginia Cervieri as New National President for Uruguay Chapter

The Board of Governors has decided to select Ms. Virginia Cervieri as the New President of the World Jurist Association Uruguay Chapter. Ms. Cervieri is the Founding partner of Cervieri Monsuárez & Associates (Uruguay/Paraguay/Bolivia), a law firm specialized in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law, Trademarks, Patents and Trademark Enforcement, and Anti-Counterfeiting matters. The World Jurist Association is proud to now have Ms. Cervieri represent the organization due to her expertise and integrity.

Ms. Cervieri graduated as an attorney in 1996 from the Universidad de la República  in Uruguay. She later specialized in Commercial Law and also holds a Masters degree from the same university in Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Rights. Ms. Cervieri has extensive experience in litigating and working with the Uruguayan Customs to prevent the importation and transit of counterfeited goods. She is a member of multiple organizations including MARQUES and IACC, as well as the active vice chair of the Anticounterfeiting Committee of INTA. In addition, she serves as President of the Uruguayan Chamber against Forgery and Piracy. She is also author of the book “Counterfeiting in Uruguay” and a variety of articles related to Industrial Property.

Ms. Cervieri has been the recipient of prestigious recognition. She was named by Chambers & Partners as one of the Leading Individuals in Uruguay for six consecutive years, including 2016. She was also named as the best professional in trademark services for Uruguay in the publication WTR 1000 – Gold Category.

WJA President, Franklin Hoet-Linares, and President of the WJA’s U.S. Chapter, Sorell E. Negro

WJA President, Franklin Hoet-Linares, and President of the WJA’s U.S. Chapter, Sorell E. Negro, enjoy the Yo-Yo Ma concert in Miami with family and friends on February 3, 2017.a

Brian R. Smith, Robinson + Cole LLP; Claudia Papa, WJA; Franklin Hoet-Linares, President of the WJA; Sorell E. Negro, President of the U.S. Chapter of the WJA; Kim McClain; Marco Negro.