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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.
  • Click here to download the Gender Equality Policy. (Document in spanish)


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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The criminal procedure reform represented a significant change in the personal protective measures system both in terms of its regulatory design and the move away from the idea of pretrial detention as the general rule or automatic consequence of the process. Under this new logic, reformed systems require material evidence regarding the existence of a crime and the participation of the accused in it in order for pretrial detention to be used. They also require a need for protection or a procedural danger worth protecting. The objective of the new criminal procedure systems is to guarantee the use of oral trial and its consequences. As such, pretrial detention was to have an exceptional characteristic that was proportional to the procedural risks of the specific case. The studies carried out as part of this line of work are focused on researching the situation in reformed countries prior to the implementation of the new system, the implementation process and its impact on pretrial detention, counter-reforms and relevant perspectives.



  • To describe changes in the regulation of pretrial detention during the criminal procedure reform process;
  • To explore the real impact that the change in the procedural system has had on the use of pretrial detention;
  • To describe the developments that have taken place in the area of pretrial detention in the region based on empirical data;
  • To identify key aspects to be worked on in regard to pretrial detention in order to rationalize its use.



Comparative Study

  • Mauricio Duce, JSCA Programs Director and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile
  •  Claudio Fuentes, JSCA staff attorney and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile
  •  Cristian Riego, Executive Director of JSCA and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile


  •  Leticia Lorenzo, JSCA Research Director


  •  Mauricio Duce, JSCA Programs Director and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile
  •  Cristian Riego, Executive Director of JSCA and Law Professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile


  • Mildred Hartmann Arboleda. Colombian attorney with a law degree from Universidad del Rosario and a master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile. She co-wrote the Criminal Procedure Code bill that introduced the adversarial system in Colombia and subsequently served as Program Director at JSCA. She works as a consultant in Colombia for the Center, teaches at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and works as a litigator and researcher.
  • Wilson Alejandro Martínez Sánchez. Colombian attorney with a degree from the Case Law School at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Wilson specializes in Criminal Investigation (EGSAN). He has completed a course on Market Operations (CESA, INCOLDA, BVC) and a certificate program in Advanced Studies in Criminal Law and the Criminal Sciences (Universidad Pompeu Fabra and Universidad de Barcelona). He has been a scholarship recipient, instructor and Coordinator of the Criminal Law Area at the Case Law School at Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.


  • Diego Zalamea León. Ecuadorean, magíster in Criminology from Universidad del País Vasco. Director of the Witness Protection Program and National Criminal Policy Director for the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Author of various institutional management frameworks for the oral system. Consultant on World Bank, JSCA and USAID projects. Coordinator of the Association of University Law Schools.


  • Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal Sciences of Guatemala
  •  Luis R. Ramírez García
  •  Oswaldo Samayoa (assistant)


  • Erick Juárez, Leade researcher, law professor
  •  Oswaldo Samayoa (assistant)


  • Carmen Alguindigue, Professor, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas
  •  Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, Professor, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas

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