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JSCA Announces Appointment of Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

Yesterday afternoon during the Fourth Plenary Session held in Washington, D.C., the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) elected two new members to the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA). They are Jenny Murphy of the United States and Patricia Pérez of Chile. The members-elect will serve from 2019 to 2021.


This election is particularly significant in the context of JSCA’s Gender Equity Policy, the most important institutional change to occur over the past few years. JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano stated, “We at JSCA believe that in order to effectively, comprehensively and equitably fulfill our mission and goals, the gender perspective must be incorporated into the Center’s organizational culture and all of its institutional activity. This includes our staffing, processes, activities and the development of our research, projects and training programs.”


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JSCA presents third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL)

Santiago de Chile, May 30, 2018



The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) presents the third version of the Index of Online Judicial Services (ISJL).



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JSCA publishes second volume of reflections on the need for criminal justice reform in Brazil

Santiago, April 24, 2018

The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions.

The book is an invitation to redefine the current system in order to move towards an adversarial and oral justice system.

The new publication is available online at https://bit.ly/2HVOLEt

JSCA presents the second volume in the series Challenging the Inquisition: Ideas and Proposals for Criminal Procedure Reform in Brazil. The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions. It brings together ideas from various criminal justice system stakeholders, contextualizing the situation of Brazil within Latin American justice systems and identifying steps that the country could take. Brazil is the only nation in the region that maintains an inquisitorial criminal justice system rather than an adversarial one. 

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Winners of Argentina’s National Quality of Justice award visit Chilean criminal justice system institutions

Santiago, April 11, 2018

A delegation of the winners of the National Quality of Justice Award given for the first time by Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights will spend one week in Chile to take part in a visit organized by JSCA. The purpose of the exercise is for participants to learn about the work of the criminal justice system’s support agencies.

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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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JSCA Executive Director presents 2017 annual report to OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs

Washington, March 28, 2018


In addition to congratulating the Executive Director on the work that JSCA does in the region, those present agreed to hold a meeting with all of the missions so that Arellano can present and discuss specific issues related to the international agency in greater depth.
•    JSCA must appoint new members to its Board during the 48th OAS General Assembly. The Executive Director invited the member states to submit the names of female candidates during the next OAS General Assembly.

With an invitation to OAS member states to submit the names of female candidates for the JSCA Board of Directors, the Center’s Executive Director, Jaime Arellano, presented the annual report to the OAS Commission on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP).

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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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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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