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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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XXX Meeting of Board Director

The Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas met on December 4, 2015 in Viña del Mar, Chile. The following members attended: Santiago Pereira (Vice President and Acting President), Douglass Cassel (President, via video conference), Ernesto Pazmiño, Pedro Dallari, Manuel Montecino, and George Thomson. By virtue of Article 13 of its Statutes and Articles 18 and 19 of its Regulations, the Board hereby resolves:

  1. To honor our esteemed former Board President, Justice Marc Rosenberg (1950-2015) of Canada, who passed away last August.
  2. To approve the Annual Report and Financial Report for 2015, which were presented by the Executive Director of JSCA, Jaime Arellano, and to congratulate him and his team on their excellent work.
  3. To approve the JSCA Plan of Action, Annual Plan, and budget presented by Executive Director Jaime Arellano for the year 2016.
  4. To continue to increase the visibility of JSCA’s work, which the Board found to be very successful during 2015.
  5. To extend our special thanks to Ecuador and Chile for the voluntary contributions that they have made to the Center. To recognize the special commitment of Canada, which has been renewed with the financing of the project “Promoting Access to Civil Justice in Latin America” (2015-2021) through Global Affairs Canada. Also, to recognize the Chile-Mexico Fund for its innovative binational funding of projects executed by JSCA in Mexico and through a triangular effort in Central America.
  6. To thank the Secretary General of the Organization of American States for the support given to and trust placed in JSCA for its participation in MACCIH.
  7. To ask the Executive Director to present a new Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 to the Board of Directors once the negotiations with Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) have concluded regarding the project “Promoting Access to Civil Justice in Latin America” (2015-2021). Said proposal should consider the exchanges that took place among the Board members during this session and session XXIX, which was held in 2014.
  8. To ratify the agreements signed by the Executive Director which are outlined in the Annual Report.
  9. To approve the pre-selection process for auditors conducted by the Executive Directorship. The Board has selected Crowe Howard Auditores Consultores Ldta. to conduct an international external audit of JSCA during 2016, 2017, and 2018 for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 fiscal years for the price and under the conditions listed in the respective document.
  10. To task the Executive Director with consulting with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States regarding the possibility that JSCA would engage in technical cooperation activities for Cuba in order to promote the development of its justice system.
  • To agree to hold two sessions of the Board of Directors each year. The session that has been added to the year-end session will be held during a JSCA conference if possible or virtually via telephone or video conference.
  • The Board recommends to the Organization of American States that in future elections of new members to the Board, it will be of utmost importance to ensure equitable representation by gender. The Executive Director is authorized to prepare a letter to that effect.


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