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JSCA and Fundación CONSTRUIR present judicial management assessment and model for Cochabamba

Cochabamba, January 15, 2018

In an effort to present the judicial management assessment and model proposed by JSCA and Fundación CONSTRUIR for Cochabamba, a socialization workshop was held in that city today. The event was attended by over 40 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of justice sector organizations and judicial system operators.

The activity is part of the “Pilot Project for Modernizing Judicial Management and Promoting the Use of Oral Procedures in Six Cochabamba Courts,” which seeks to support the implementation of civil, criminal and family justice reforms in Bolivia through the proposal of a new management model. This proposal will allow for changes to the work processes to be tested. Said changes will take place on various levels: i) case processing, separating mere paperwork from procedures that require more in-depth analysis; ii) hearing management so that they are held or rescheduled in a timely manner; and iii) organizational, designing or redistributing tasks in order to achieve more efficient judicial management. In addition, there is a proposal to use electronic notifications.



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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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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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