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JSCA Announces Appointment of Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

Yesterday afternoon during the Fourth Plenary Session held in Washington, D.C., the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) elected two new members to the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA). They are Jenny Murphy of the United States and Patricia Pérez of Chile. The members-elect will serve from 2019 to 2021.

 

This election is particularly significant in the context of JSCA’s Gender Equity Policy, the most important institutional change to occur over the past few years. JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano stated, “We at JSCA believe that in order to effectively, comprehensively and equitably fulfill our mission and goals, the gender perspective must be incorporated into the Center’s organizational culture and all of its institutional activity. This includes our staffing, processes, activities and the development of our research, projects and training programs.”

 

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JSCA presents third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL)

Santiago de Chile, May 30, 2018

 

 

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) presents the third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL).

 

 

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JSCA publishes second volume of reflections on the need for criminal justice reform in Brazil

Santiago, April 24, 2018

The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions.

The book is an invitation to redefine the current system in order to move towards an adversarial and oral justice system.

The new publication is available online at https://bit.ly/2HVOLEt


JSCA presents the second volume in the series Challenging the Inquisition: Ideas and Proposals for Criminal Procedure Reform in Brazil. The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions. It brings together ideas from various criminal justice system stakeholders, contextualizing the situation of Brazil within Latin American justice systems and identifying steps that the country could take. Brazil is the only nation in the region that maintains an inquisitorial criminal justice system rather than an adversarial one. 

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Winners of Argentina’s National Quality of Justice award visit Chilean criminal justice system institutions

Santiago, April 11, 2018

A delegation of the winners of the National Quality of Justice Award given for the first time by Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights will spend one week in Chile to take part in a visit organized by JSCA. The purpose of the exercise is for participants to learn about the work of the criminal justice system’s support agencies.

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JSCA Executive Director presents 2017 Annual Report to OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs

Washington, March 28, 2018

  • In addition to congratulating JSCA for the work that it has developed in the region, the Committee agreed to hold another meeting in June with all of the missions in attendance to present and discuss specific issues addressed by the international agency in greater detail.
  • JSCA must replace two members of its Board of Directors at the 48th OAS General Assembly. The Executive Director invited member states to present female candidates at the next OAS General Assembly.


The Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Jaime Arellano, presented the Center’s Annual Report to the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) and invited OAS member states to present female candidates to the JSCA Board of Directors.

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JSCA Executive Director presents 2017 annual report to OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs

Washington, March 28, 2018

 

In addition to congratulating the Executive Director on the work that JSCA does in the region, those present agreed to hold a meeting with all of the missions so that Arellano can present and discuss specific issues related to the international agency in greater depth.
•    JSCA must appoint new members to its Board during the 48th OAS General Assembly. The Executive Director invited the member states to submit the names of female candidates during the next OAS General Assembly.


With an invitation to OAS member states to submit the names of female candidates for the JSCA Board of Directors, the Center’s Executive Director, Jaime Arellano, presented the annual report to the OAS Commission on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP).

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Event addresses the challenges associated with strengthening Mendoza’s criminal justice system

Mendoza, March 23, 2018

JSCA and the province’s Judicial Branch held a seminar on March 22, 2018.

Oral procedures, horizontal judicial organization and strategic planning for the Public Prosecutor’s Office were the topics addressed at the international seminar Strengthening the Adversarial Criminal Justice System held yesterday in Mendoza, Argentina. The event was organized by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the province’s Judicial Branch.


The activity was held at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Law School and was attended by over 80 people who work on issues related to justice and who are interested in the province’s criminal procedure reform, which began in 1999. The focus on the program was a discussion of the key axes of a third generation adversarial system.

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Santiago de Chile on November 15, 2013. The meeting was attended by members Marc Rosenberg (President), Ernesto Pazmiño (Vice President), Santiago Pereira, Pedro Dallari, Douglas Cassel and Manuel Montecino. By virtue of Articles 12 a and 13 of its Statutes and Articles 18 and 19 of its Regulations, the Board hereby resolves with the abstention of Board Member Pazmiño:

1. To appoint attorney Jaime Arellano Quintana Executive Director of JSCA as per the procedure agreed to by this Board. Special consideration was given to the recommendation made by the Pre-Selection Committee, which was composed of Board members Rosenberg (Canada) and Pazmiño (Ecuador). The appointment is based on the merit of the candidate’s qualifications, as summarized below:

1.1 Mr. Arellano has broad experience in the work of judicial public policy at different levels and in all branches of government.
1.2 As a result of this experience, Mr. Arellano enjoys prestige and is seen as a leader, which is a key asset for strengthening the Center’s efforts to position itself and increase its visibility in the region.
1.3 The candidate exhibits valuable knowledge of the reality of other legal systems, which is consistent with the objective set out in JSCA’s statutes in regard to promoting exchanges between continental and common law judicial systems.
1.4 The candidate has demonstrated that he possesses administrative, management and fundraising skills as well as prestige in and familiarity with the international community, all of which will allow him to take up the financial sustainability challenges that JSCA must address in the future.
1.5 Mr. Arellano stated that one of his main goals is to strengthen JSCA’s policies of internationalization, positioning and leadership in the region as well as the role that the institution’s Board of Directors should play in this process.
The selection criteria set by this Board were oriented towards choosing the best candidate regardless of factors other than his or her merits, such as nationality, background or country of residence. It was found that Mr. Arellano’s qualifications were ideal for successfully addressing the challenges that JSCA is facing in regard to its new institutional cycle, regional positioning and financial sustainability needs.


2. Furthermore, the Board agreed to recommend that an Academic Director be appointed in order to increase the international diversity of JSCA’s leadership team. This measure will be taken in coordination with the Board President and Vice President. The financial and institutional timing of this process will be coordinated with the transition and installment of the new Executive Directorship.

The Board would like to thank all of the professionals who took part in this international competition, especially the three candidates chosen by the Pre-Selection Committee –in addition to the designated executive director-, attorneys Rosaly Ledezma, Héctor Chayer and German Garavano.

The Board unanimously agrees to thank the members of the Pre-Selection Committee, Board members Rosenberg and Pazmiño, for their role in the assessment of the applications and preparation of the list of finalists as well as their leadership in this transparent and informed public appointment process.

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