The HNBA International Law Section serves HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of public and private international law and educating HNBA members with international practice interests on relevant legal developments in order to help them serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally.

The International Law Section is empowered and expected to:

  • Promote knowledge-sharing and networking among interested HNBA members and stakeholders in the international legal arena, including academics, government officials, in-house counsel at multinational corporations, and officials of international bodies such as the Organization of American States, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and similar institutions.
  • Monitor international developments as they affect the rule of law, human rights and the judiciary and lawyers abroad, to bring information and proposals to the HNBA Board of Governors for action when necessary and appropriate.
  • Promote the exchange of best practices in counseling international business on legal compliance and corporate social responsibility.
  • Promote collaboration with the leaders of international bar associations and those throughout Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
  • Offer programs on comparative and international legal topics (i.e., trade regulation, public international law, international human rights, managing a global workforce, corporate, tax, labor and protection of intellectual property rights).
  • Provides a forum for HNBA members practicing abroad to organize activities and integrate into the HNBA.
  • Monitor compliance with the HNBA’s Memorandums of Understanding with the Argentine Lawyers Association and Barra Mexicana.

Michael A. Fernández
Rivero Mestre LLP
New York, New York




The Subcommittee on Latin American Affairs studies—and in coordination with the Chair(s) of the International Section—organizes programming related to current issues in cross-border transactions and private dispute resolution relevant to members’ practices; studies changes in U.S. policy toward countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and reviews foreign issues impacting the domestic legal community and the Hispanic community residing in the United States; promotes human rights, rule of law and anti-corruption initiatives in Latin America; supports pro bono programs of organizations in the region; and furthers the participation of the HNBA in issues affecting hemispheric affairs by strengthening its relationships with important institutions and preeminent jurists, government officials and other leaders in the region.


Jaime Chávez Alor
Latin American Affairs Subcommittee Co-Chair
The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
New York, New York

Jessenia Vazcones-Yagual
Latin American Affairs Subcommittee Co-Chair
Crum & Forster
Jersey City, New Jersey


As the national voice of the Hispanic legal community, the HNBA has a vested interest in promoting non-partisan attention and contribution to emerging policy developments to focus on reforms that ensure the safeguarding of civil and human rights of all Cubans on the island and improve the economic and political relations between the United States and Cuba.

The Cuba Subcommittee studies historic and developing legal issues and works to help drive principled discussions to solve long-standing problems impacting US-Cuba Relations, Cuban civil society, human rights, economic engagement, and reconciliation between the Cuban exile-community and the Cuban people. The Cuba Subcommittee drives these core objectives by amplifying those priorities directly with policymakers, elected officials, academics, government representatives, and non-profits.


Andrés Acebo
Cuba Subcommittee Chair
New Jersey City University
Jersey City, NJ


The United States and Mexico recently celebrated 200 years of diplomatic relations and the HNBA just celebrated its 50th anniversary. In the words of President Biden, “[a]s the closest of neighbors and friends, we share a set of values that form the root of our strength. We share an enduring commitment to freedom, democracy, and rule of law. And we share a strong and deepening economic and security partnership that has made North America the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.”

This Subcommittee will explore —and in coordination with the Chair(s) of the International Section—organizes programming related to the vital partnership between Mexico and the United States and the role that the HNBA can play to strengthen ties between U.S. lawyers, businesses, and non-profits with their counterparts in Mexico.

Pablo Fautsch
Mexico Subcommittee Chair
Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C.
Mexico City, Mexico

Cecilia Stahlhut Espinosa
Mexico Subcommittee Vice-Chair
Hogan Lovells LLP
Mexico City, Mexico

José Antonio Arochi
Mexico Subcommittee Vice-Chair
Arochi & Lindner, S.C.
Mexico City, Mexico