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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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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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JSCA to provide technical assistance for the installation of a judicial office in Arequipa’s civil courts

Lima, March 23, 2018


JSCA will support the implementation of a judicial office that will take on administrative functions in some of Arequipa’s civil courts. JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano presented a plan to the Peruvian Supreme Court commission headed by Justice Francisco Távara.


Following the meeting, the timeline was agreed to so that a judicial office can be designed that will take on the administrative functions and hearing management of some of Arequipa’s civil courts. The meeting also included a discussion of the possibility of extending this pilot project to civil courts in Lima.

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JSCA provides technical support for Haiti’s criminal justice reform


Santiago, March 22, 2018

    • A Haitian Judicial Branch Superior Council (CSPJ) delegation visited Santiago de Chile to learn about the Chilean criminal justice system.
    • Participants met with representatives of the Judicial Branch, Judicial Branch Administrative Corporation, Police Investigations and the Public Defender’s Office as well as guarantee judges and oral trial court judges.


A delegation from Haiti’s Judicial Branch Superior Council led by its Vice President, Windèle Coq Thélot, visited Santiago de Chile this week to learn about the criminal justice system. The activity was part of the US Agency for International Development’s Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program, which supports the professionalization, independence and efficiency of Haitian justice.

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JSCA to Support Monitoring and Training of Civil Justice System Stakeholders in Nicaragua

Managua, March 14, 2018

JSCA will support the creation of a Civil Procedure Code (CPC) monitoring observatory in Nicaragua, which will celebrate the first anniversary of the code’s introduction in April. This and other actions were agreed to during the signing of a cooperation agreement between the international agency and the Supreme Court of Nicaragua.

The ceremony held yesterday in Managua was attended by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alba Luz Ramos; Supreme Court Civil Chamber President Ileana Pérez; Minister Rafael Solís; members of the Civil Procedure Code Implementation, Training and Monitoring Program; the Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, María Amanda Castellón; JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño; and judges from the Nicaraguan capital.

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Universidad Diego Portales and JSCA announce third Procedure Law Seedbed Competition

Santiago, March 13, 2018

  • The competition is open to law students from any school in Chile.
  • Registration for seedbeds is due on July 10, 2018.
  • The topic will be arbitration as a civil dispute resolution mechanism.

The Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) Law School and Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) have been organizing the Procedure Law Seedbed Competition since 2016. The activity allows law students from Chilean universities to analyze, critique and propose approaches to the relationship between the right to due process and non-criminal procedure reforms under the guidance of a professor. The third version of the competition, which is inspired by the International Seedbed Competition organized by the Colombian Procedure Law Institute, will focus on arbitration as a civil dispute resolution mechanism.

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JSCA presents its Gender Equality Policy

 

  • JSCA is making a commitment and setting out a roadmap for the next four years in order to contribute to the promotion and construction of justice systems that allow for access to be provided without economic, racial, ethnic or gender differences.
    • The Gender Equality Policy was unanimously approved during last December’s meeting of the JSCA Board of Directors.
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Santiago, March 8, 2018


In honor of International Women’s Day, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) officially unveiled its Gender Equality Policy. The policy, which is the first institutional initiative of its kind, sets out a commitment and roadmap for the international agency for the next four years in this area. Through the design of the Gender Equality Policy, JSCA will contribute to the promotion and construction of justice systems that provide access to all without economic, racial, ethnic or gender differences.

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En Quito, a 28 de Noviembre del año 2012, reunido el Consejo Directivo, con la participación de los Consejeros Marc Rosenberg (Presidente), Russell Wheeler, Ernesto Pazmiño, Santiago Pereira y Pedro B. Dallari y, en virtud del artículo 13 de su Estatuto y 11, 12, 18 y 19 de su Reglamento, resuelve:

 

1. Saludar y felicitar a los consejeros Pereira y Dallari por su incorporación al Consejo Directivo del Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas.

2. Aprobar y agradecer la exposición del Director Ejecutivo, Cristian Riego, y felicitar su Informe de Actividades, especialmente en lo relativo al desarrollo de proyectos que han permito sustentar acciones y recursos en el tiempo generando un impacto regional destacado. Particular mención tiene en este contexto el Seminario desarrollado en Quito: “Diálogo sobre los Desafíos de las Reformas en materias no penales en América Latina”, transmitida online a través de soporte de internet, potenciando su impacto. El Consejo hace propicia la ocasión de agradecer al Consejero Ernesto Pazmiño el compromiso adquirido por la Defensoría Nacional del Ecuador para la organización y apoyo en la implementación de esta actividad.

3. Aprobar la presentación del Plan de Trabajo y Presupuesto 2012 – 2013. El Consejo manifiesta por unanimidad su conformidad con las líneas trazadas por la Dirección Ejecutiva para asegurar la sustentabilidad de los componentes del Plan Estratégico de CEJA.

4. Escoger la propuesta técnica de servicios de auditoría, presentada por Moore Stephens Consultores y Auditores, en el marco del proceso de licitación 2012-2014 llevado a cabo el 22 de noviembre de 2012. Para estos efectos el Consejo adopta por unanimidad esta decisión luego de haber escuchado una exposición del Secretario del Consejo, sobre la evaluación de propuestas y revisados los antecedentes institucionales y ofertas técnicas y económicas presentadas por los proponentes.

5. Designar por unanimidad al Consejero Ernesto Pazmiño como Vicepresidente del Consejo Directivo. Se hace propicia la ocasión para agradecer la conducción, trabajo y compromiso del Consejero Russel Wheeler como miembro y presidente del Consejo.

6. Ratificar los acuerdos de cooperación suscritos con el Sindicato de Trabajadores del Ministerio Público de Lima; la Universidad de Tarapacá de Arica; la Fundación Centro de Estudios en Democracia, Justicia y Seguridad ( CEDJUS) de Tucumán, Argentina; la Asociación Costarricense de la Judicatura ( ACOJUD); el Instituto Colombiano de Derecho Procesal ( ICDP); el Centro de Estudios de Actualización en Derecho ( CEAD), de Querétaro, México; el Human Rights Research Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa, Canada; la Fundación Construir de La Paz, Bolivia; el Ministerio de Interior del Ecuador; el Poder Judicial de la Provincia de Tucumán, Argentina; el Colegio de Magistrados, Integrantes del Ministerio Público y Funcionarios del Poder Judicial de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina; la Corte Suprema de Justicia de República del Paraguay. Ratificar asimismo el Memorándum de Entendimiento suscrito con el Instituto di Ricerca sui Sistemi Giudiziari ( IRSIG) de Bologna, Italia y el Acta Acuerdo Complementaria al Convenio Marco de Cooperación entre el Ministerio Público Fiscal de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

7. Acordar la realización de una próxima reunión del Consejo Directivo durante el mes de diciembre del año 2013, en Santiago de Chile. Se encomienda al Secretario explorar e informar al Consejo la fecha más propicia con este objetivo.

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