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JSCA to Offer Internship for Study on the Practice of Law in Latin America

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), an international agency of the inter-American system headquartered in Santiago de Chile, welcomes applications for a pro bono internship to join the team that is conducting a study on the practice of law in Latin America.

The study is being developed in the context of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which JSCA is executing with the technical and financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

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JSCA Board of Directors Meets in Santiago and Appoints New Officials

Santiago, December 18, 2017

The XXXIV Meeting of the JSCA Board of Directors was held in Santiago de Chile on December 15. It was attended by Board members Santiago Pereira (President), Manuel Montecino (Vice President), Pedro Dallari, Douglass Cassel, George Thomson (via videoconference) and Daniel Petrone.


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JSCA Accepting Applications for Researcher for 2018

Santiago, December 7, 2017.


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), an international agency created by the inter-American system that supports justice system modernization processes in the region, is now accepting applications for the position of Researcher.


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Civil Justice Oral Procedure Activities Held in Argentina

November 30, 2017

As part of an effort to generate spaces for exchange and discussion, particularly among civil justice officials and judges, Universidad Torcuato di Tella (www.utdt.edu), the Argentine Procedure Law Association (https://aadproc.org.ar/ ) and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) launched the Civil Justice Oral Procedure Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The two-day activity is one of the results of the first version of the Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform offered by JSCA in 2016. This initiative provides a formal space in which legal professionals involved with civil reform processes can come together once a year to share knowledge and tools in order to increase their ability to contribute to the development of reform in their countries.

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Brazilian Prosecutors from Goias Learn about Chile’s Criminal Justice System

Santiago, November 29


Over the course of this year, JSCA has developed a set of activities in Brazil that are meant to strengthen and deepen connections in order to promote and broaden the discussion of the need for criminal procedure reform in that nation.

In order to learn more about the work of an adversarial criminal justice system from a practical perspective and based on Chile’s experience, professionals from the Goias state prosecution services participated in training program in Santiago de Chile. The three-day program was offered by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), which has developed a series of initiatives in Brazil in order to strengthen and deepen connections and promote and expand the discussion of the need for criminal procedure reform in that country.

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II Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform ends with invitation to participants to promote changes in their home countries

Santiago, November 24, 2017

The second version of the Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform offered by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) ended today. Participants were encouraged to design and propose activities that replicate the lessons learned in their home communities so that they can share the knowledge that they acquired. The international agency hopes to extend its network of knowledge through local activities so that changes to civil justice are promoted in countries throughout Latin America.


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Column: The Work on Uruguay’s New Criminal Justice System Is Just Beginning

November 10, 2017


  • Opinion Column by Executive Director Jaime Arellano in Semanario Búsqueda, Uruguay

Uruguay’s new criminal justice system was implemented on November 1. The country has thus joined the group of Latin American nations that have been moving towards adversarial models based on the use of oral procedures and hearings since the 1990s.

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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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