Category: About the WJA

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.


We are very pleased to invite all of our members to participate in the ‘5TH ANNUAL ARBITRATION AND INVESTMENT SUMMIT – CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA AND OTHER EMERGING MARKETS’.

Here you will find the program and registration information.

5th Annual Arbitration & Investment Summit Flyer 2017

Arbitration and Investment Summit January 2017 – program outline

Registraion Form

The President’s Greetings for the Holidays and the New Year

Dear members,

This has been a very interesting and thrilling year, where the Association has taken a leap forward into the Law of the Internet and earning a stronger presence in the UN. For the next year we will bring many new activities and our biannual congress. For those who would like to learn in greater detail about the footsteps taken along this very successful year, please check out the document attached below.

The path that the Association took with the Barcelona Conference will continue throughout years to come, and we hope for all of those that didn’t join this recent events, to see you in the future ones.

Happy Holidays and New Year to all!

Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares

President WJA


President Report – International Activity Report 2016

Franklin Hoet XMAS

The Board of Governors Selected Sorell Negro as New National President for the United States Chapter

The Board of Governors has decided to elect Ms. Sorell Negro as the New President of the World Jurist Association U.S. Chapter. We are confident that her excellent legal experience will further enhance the Association as she leads the founding branch of the World Jurist Association. She is the youngest female attorney in our history to be designated as a President of a National Chapter. The Association foresees a promising future with the help of Ms. Negro’s professionalism and determination.

Currently, Ms. Negro is based in Miami, working as a lawyer at Robinson & Cole’s Land Use and Real Estate + Development Groups. She represents large institutional clients, including multinational corporations, non-profit organizations, and local and regional government entities. Her litigation experience encompasses both U.S. state and federal courts, in addition to international matters throughout her various cases over the years. These cases include disputes pertaining conservation and the uses of natural resources, land use in terms of development claims, public health concerns, and product liability claims containing hazardous materials. Additionally, Ms. Negro previously worked in cooperation with international teams of lawyers and advisers to help administer environmental law projects within areas of the Caribbean and Africa. All of these factors demonstrate Ms. Negro’s passion, as we are sure she will utilize her values and experience to further this Association’s mission of ensuring peace through cooperation.

In 2015, Ms. Negro was named finalist for the ABA Young Lawyers Division – National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She was also recipient of the 2013 Jefferson B. Fordham Up & Comer Award from the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law. Ms. Negro is the CLE Coordinator for the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, Chair of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s Land Use and Zoning Committee, and Co-Chair of the Water Resources Committee of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Before working at Robinson & Cole, Ms. Negro clerked for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. in Cross-Cultural Issues in Mediation and Negotiation from the Scheinman Institute of Cornell University. She also obtained a B.S. in Justice and Peace from Georgetown University, graduating with the cum laude academic distinction.



WJA for the celebration of the 55th ECOSOC Session Side Event

This last week members of the Board of Governors and the German Chapter met in New York in order to push forward the proposal for the side event on the 55th Session of the Social Development Committee of the ECOSOC, at the UN. to this goal the first Vice President, Kim Quarles, the German President, Alex Löw, and the Executive Vice President, Ramon Soler-Padró Canela, met with the German Mission at the UN in order to explain the program of the side event and get their support, which is currently being revised by the authorities in Berlin. The team also met with Thomas P. Braun, Chief, Architecture and Security at the Office of Information and Communications Technology at the United Nations.