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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 Training Area of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas is the instrument through which the Center translates its general objectives and the projects that it develops into teaching programs.

This area’s activity is framed by the judicial reform processes that are being implemented in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its work involves the design and implementation of various modes of intervention based on the specificities of each local reality. A common denominator in these processes is training. Despite the importance of the reform initiatives, there is a certain feeling of frustration with the results obtained. We believe that this is due to flawed expectations and a failure to adjust the methodologies to the current challenges.

We believe that one cannot expect training alone to alter the structure and functioning of the judicial system. It can, however, provide support for reform processes, preparing officials to work with new institutions, procedures or systems. In this way, training is an instrument that serves judicial reforms under a broader, comprehensive strategy for change that requires a complete redesign that moves away from the traditional paradigms of legal education.

JSCA’s training proposal does not follow the abstract tradition that characterizes the training of justice operators. It seeks to address specific problems and needs in the justice system based on empirical information and instruments that have been proved to be efficient when it comes time to provide solutions.


The area’s general objective is to generate pedagogical tools for the innovative development of training programs that impact judicial reform processes in the region.
Its specific objectives are:

  • To design programs that meet the concrete needs of justice systems;
  • To provide knowledge based on empirical evidence and current materials;
  • To develop skills so that operators can work effectively in reformed systems;
  • To establish a set of objective criteria that allow for the area’s institutional performance to be evaluated.



JSCA Training Programs address topics related to judicial system reform in the Americas in the criminal and civil justice areas. These include:

  • Implementation of judicial reforms;
  • Institutional management of Judicial Branches;
  • The role of various operators in reformed systems;
  • Litigation in pretrial hearings, at trial and through appeals;
  • Hearing management techniques;
  • Due process;
  • The use of oral procedures;
  • Evidence and its assessment;
  • Presenting arguments at sentencing and judicial rulings;
  • Justice innovation;
  • Training trainers for judicial reform;
  • Gender;
  • Pretrial detention and other protective measures;
  • Pretrial services;
  • Managing Public Prosecutor’s Offices and Public Defense Services;
  • Trial by jury;
  • ternatives to judicial proceedings; and
  • Mediation and conciliation techniques.


Modes of Teaching

The JSCA Training Area develops its programs through traditional and distance learning courses (the latter using e-learning) and mixed courses, which combine both modes.

Traditional programs generally focus on practical activities so that participants can learn about the specific needs and tasks associated with their roles as stakeholders in judicial systems. The courses include lectures, workshops and a wide range of practical exercises that seek to increase theoretical foundations and the development of specific skills and abilities.

E-learning courses are offered through the virtual platform CEJACAMPUS, a learning management system built using a free virtual learning software called Dokeos. The platform houses JSCA virtual courses, each of which has various milestones and learning goals. These include interactive presentations, infographs, mandatory and elective readings, videos, assessments and virtual fora as well as material unique to the respective virtual course. The courses generally seek to optimize the use of tools and methods of e-learning rather than focusing on a selection of readings.

The mixed programs seek to maximize the benefits of traditional and e-learning approaches. They generally focus on a single topic and combine practical courses focused on the development of techniques or skills with distance learning exercises designed to complement that learning with theoretical or conceptual knowledge.

All of the courses can be offered through JSCA or another institution that is interested in the material.

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International Networks

JSCA is a member of and participates in the following international training networks:

•    Red Iberoamericana de Escuelas de Capacitación
The Ibero-American Network of Judicial Academies (RIAEJ) was created in the context of the II Ibero-American Meeting of Judiciary Councils and was approved during the VI Ibero-American Summit of Superior and Supreme Court Chief Justices, which was held in Spain in May 2001. It is a community for cooperation, coordination and reciprocal support among judicial academies and judicial training centers in Ibero-American nations that contributes to the exchange of information on programs, methodologies and judicial training systems. The network also facilitates the coordination of activities among members and plans joint training events.

•    International Organization for Judicial Training
The OIJT was created in 2002 to promote the rule of law by supporting the work of judicial education institutions around the world. Its mission is carried out through international and regional conferences and other exchanges that offer opportunities for judges and judicial educators to discuss strategies for creating and developing training centers, the design of effective plans of study, the development of the faculty’s capacity to train and the improvement of teaching methodology.


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