The International and Comparative Law Review (ICLR) was founded by Victor M. Marroquin and first published in 1991 in English, French, and Spanish. Victor was joined by four other founding members, Jill Anderson, Michael Johnson, Kevin Roberts, and Alex Palenzuela, who all shared Victor’s vision for a new, more globally focused publication. Victor’s mission stated: “We wanted to create an original publication, a journal that would serve not only as a forum for the discussion and development of international law in the English speaking world, but also as a tool of research and practice for English as well as non-English reading international lawyers and scholars.” Today, the members of ICLR strive to embody those same principles.
The review first operated and published as the University of Miami Yearbook of International Law, following the European style of publications, but changed its name to the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review to avoid confusion and allow for biannual publication. The scope of topics encompassed by the law review was also expanded by the addition of “comparative” to the previously solely international title. Today, the review publishes articles that cover a myriad of international and comparative topics and has opined on the legal issues of countries from all corners of the world.
Some of the prominent authors that have been published in ICLR include our founder, Victor M. Marroquin, as well as Francisco Garcia-Amador, Sir Robert Jennings, Jose Daniel Amado, Patrick Macrory, and Edwin Vermulst, among many others.
ICLR now publishes twice a year, generally with five to six scholarly articles in each issue. Both students and professionals are given the opportunity to be published in ICLR. For more information on becoming a member of ICLR or submitting an article for publication, please feel free to contact the current Editor-in-Chief, Marialejandra Portal, at email@example.com.
2023-2024 Executive Board.
Marialejandra Portal, Editor-in-Chief
Mari is a third-year law student from Miami, Florida of Ecuadorian and Cuban descent. Aside from her role on ICLR, she is part of the EASL program and is pursuing her joint JD/LLM in Entertainment Law, serves as the 3L student representative for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, and is a member of the Hispanic Law Students Association, Miami Law Women, and First-Generation Law Association. Prior to law school, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts from NYU in Spanish and Politics. This past summer, she worked at RodFel Law, working for a Billboard top 100 music lawyer on entertainment and intellectual property matters. While at UM School of Law she has also worked for TelevisaUnivision and Rimas Entertainment.
Ann Light, Managing Editor
Ann is a third-year law student active in Miami’s Trial Team and completed the International Moot Court Program last spring. Originally from Virginia, you’ll recognize Ann from her well-kept southern accent. Her sixteen-year career assisting law firms, non-profits, and government agencies with tracking and analyzing federal legislation in Washington, DC, at CQ Roll Call (The Economist Group), led her to Miami Law. Ann spent the summer of 2023 as a Certified Legal Intern in the Misdemeanor Trial Unit at the Office of the State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit, where she previously interned in its Homicide Unit. Fun facts: Ann ran the Boston Marathon her 1L year and would not recommend it (wait until 3L). She is also a single mom of two sweet, curious kids (Tripp, 11, and Zen, 9).
Victoria Guevara, Executive Editor
Originally from New Jersey, Tori is a 3L getting both her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation at the University of Miami School of Law. Tori graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics, Russian, and Ukrainian. Last summer, she spent the first half interning for Judge Mark in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, and spent the second half clerking at a boutique commercial litigation firm in Brickell. This summer, she was chosen to be an inaugural BBA (Bankruptcy Bar Association) of South Florida Summer 2023 Scholar, and worked in Tampa for a mid-size commercial litigation firm. After graduation, Tori will be clerking for Chief Judge Ellis-Monro sitting in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Michael Stuart, Executive Editor
Michael is a third-year law student from Nashville, Tennessee serving as Executive Editor for ICLR. He graduated from the University of Miami with a BBA in International Finance & Marketing. During law school, Michael has worked as a research assistant and with an immigration law firm. He also serves on the Law Activity Fee Allocation Committee. In his free time, Michael enjoys attending concerts and supporting Miami Hurricanes athletics.
Alyssa Perez, Articles Editor
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Alyssa is a third-year law student serving as ICLR’s Articles Editor. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she majored in History, with a concentration in Asia, and minored in Art History and Global Health. Alyssa is pursuing a joint J.D./LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law with a focus in Art Law. Last summer, she was the General Counsel Intern at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). This summer, Alyssa was a Summer Associate at Jones Day in the New York Office.
Jake Waldman, Events and Symposium Editor
Originally from Parkland, Florida, Jake is a third-year law student, serving as the ICLR’s Events and Symposium Editor. He graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor of science in Finance. Last summer, he participated in the Federal Judicial Intern Academy with Judge Beth Bloom and was a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman. This summer, Jake served as a summer associate at the Broward County Attorney’s office.
Colsen Centner, Alumni Editor
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Colsen is a third-year law student with an interest in transactional law. Colsen graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration and Business Law. During undergrad, Colsen played tennis for the University of Miami and was able to participate in a study abroad term in Paris, France. This past summer, Colsen served as a law clerk at Chepenik Trushin LLP in North Miami. In his free time, Colsen enjoys playing sports and trying the many restaurants Miami has to offer.
Isabelle Nozari, Online Editor
Born in Sweden and raised in Massachusetts, Isabelle is a third-year law student serving as ICLR’s Online Editor. She graduated cum laude from NYU in 2019 with a double major in Politics and Spanish. Her experience is primarily in Business Immigration, as before law school, she worked as a paralegal at Gibney, Anthony, & Flaherty LLP in New York, and has been working as a law clerk at Beltran Brito Casamayor LLP in Miami since summer 2022. She also serves as the Law Student Representative for the Board of the Southeast Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association.
Jess Hwang, Senior Notes & Comments Editor
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jess is a 3L student at the University of Miami School of Law. Jess graduated from New York University with a major in Politics and a minor in Social & Cultural Analysis. She also earned a Master’s degree in Political Economy from New York University and wrote her thesis on the relations between economic inequality and human trafficking. This past summer, she was a law clerk at Downs Law Group, where she cultivated her interest in civil litigations.
Morgan Comite, Senior Notes & Comments Editor
Originally from Weston, Florida, Morgan is a third-year law student, serving as one of ICLR’s Senior Notes and Comments Editor. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science in Psychology and bachelor of arts in Criminology. Last summer, she participated in the Federal Judicial Intern Academy with Judge Beth Bloom and clerked at an Intellectual Property and Civil Rights firm. This past summer, Morgan worked as a summer associate at Cole, Scott, & Kissane in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
Camila Torres Jaramillo, Articles & Comments Editor
Camila is a second-year law student who was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in South Florida. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Miami. Currently, Camila works as part of the medical malpractice litigation team at Kurzban Kurzban Tetzali & Pratt.
Wayne Selogy, Articles & Comments Editor
Wayne is a 3L from West Palm Beach Florida. Last summer, he interned for US District Judge Robin Rosenberg. This summer, Wayne was a Summer Associate at Lippes Mathias in the real estate practice group. In addition to ICLR, Wayne is a member of the UM law trial team.