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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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V Meeting of the Board Directors

Washington February 2001

1.- Establishment report submitted by the Executive Director is approved and submitted for approval by the OAS General Assembly.

2.- Proposal of annex to the Regulation that incorporates regulation for the constitution of Advisory Groups and Associate Members to the JSCA was approved.

3.- The accomplishment, within the framework of its meeting, of a workshop on judicial reform and cooperation in the region that has the support of the main institutions related to the subject based in the United States, is sponsored.


VI Meeting of the Board Directors


On December 6 and 7, 2001, the VI Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) was held in Santiago, Chile. Mrs. Monica Angel, president; Mr. Douglass Cassel, vice president and counselors Mrs. Soledad Alvear and Federico Callizo. Additionally, Mr. Rodrigo Quintana participated; the Executive Director of the JSCA, Mr. Juan Enrique Vargas; the Director of Programs of the JSCA, Mrs. Luciana Sánchez and the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Mr. Francisco Cruz.


According to the agenda of the meeting, the following topics were analyzed in it:


    Composition of the Board of Directors

    Financial audit

    Approval of agreements

    Resolution of association requests

    Annual account of the Executive Directorate

    Work Plan presented by the Executive Board for the year 2002

    Financing strategies

    Election of President and Vice President

    Resolutions to be presented in the next REMJA


The following minutes contain the agreements adopted in the final session of the meeting on each of these topics:


1 ° To declare the satisfaction of the members of the Board of Directors for the renewal by the last meeting of the General Assembly of the OAS and for a period of three years, of the mandate of two original members: Mrs. Mónica Nagel and the Mr. Federico Callizo.

2 ° To authorize the Chairman of the Board of Directors to set up a preparatory committee for the meetings of said Board, composed of at least two of its members, to advance in the analysis of the topics that will be submitted to the Board for consideration.

3º To ratify and approve the designation as external auditor of the JSCA activities of the international company Ernst & Young, selected through an open competition called for by the CDJ, within the framework of its commitments assumed under the USAID / JSCA project.

4) Request the Executive Director to send quarterly reports to the members of the Board of Directors on detailed income and expenses of the JSCA.

5º Authorize the Executive Director to explore the possibility of opening JSCA current accounts in countries other than Chile.

6 ° Take note of the statements made by the Executive Director regarding the counterpart contributions that the JSCA receives in Chile. The contributions received in compliance with the proposal formulated at the time by Chile and accepted by REMJA, consisted of physical infrastructure, equipment and personnel. To date, these contributions have come directly from CDJ, an institution that also facilitates its legal personality for the operation of the JSCA while its Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Chile is in process. The contributions have been received with full satisfaction, which this Board of Directors thanks CDJ. In the future it is expected that the aforementioned contributions come directly from the Government of Chile, who has assumed the commitment to deliver to CEJA $ 100,000.- the first year for its installation and then a voluntary annual contribution that is in line with the commitment assumed by Chile to the offer as headquarters for the JSCA.

7 ° To approve the agreements signed by the Executive Director of the JSCA with the Council of the Magistracy of the Judicial Power of the Argentine Nation; the Supreme Court of Justice of the Argentine Nation; the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Argentine Nation; the Public Ministry of the Republic of Chile; the Public Ministry of Ecuador; the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Lima Peru, and the Institute of Judicial Studies of Chile.

8 ° To authorize the Executive Director to continue with the signing of agreements of a similar nature to those already approved, insofar as they do not impose financial obligations on the JSCA, which may take effect immediately after their signature, without prejudice to the approval Subsequent to be provided by the Board of Directors in accordance with Article 10 of its Statutes. If the agreement to be signed departs from a substantive aspect of those already approved, the Executive Director may subscribe after consulting the members of the Board of Directors by any means of communication and without any opposition being made by any of them within a period of time. ten days.

9 ° To approve with great satisfaction the quality of associate members of the JSCA of the Argentine institutions ARGENJUS and INECIP, who have fully completed and fully satisfied the regulatory procedure established for this purpose.

10 ° To approve the annual account presented by the Executive Director and authorize it to be presented as a report of the Board of Directors, prior appropriate formal adjustments, before the next meeting of REMJA and the General Assembly of the OAS. The Executive Director is instructed to explore the possibility of making an oral presentation to the Permanent Committee of the OAS.

11 ° Approve the Work Plan for the year 2,002 presented by the Executive Director, as well as the estimated budget for the JSCA.

12. To request the Executive Director to send quarterly to the members of the Council a calendar of events organized by the JSCA in order to obtain the participation in some of them of members of the Council.

13º To instruct the Secretary of the Board to submit a proposal at the VII Meeting of the Board of Directors regarding the treatment that the Board and the Executive Directorate must give to the public reports issued by the JSCA.

14º Commission the President of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to determine the projects or studies with which the JSCA can effectively contribute, in the framework of its competence, in the fight against terrorism.

15º To constitute an Advisory Board of the Board of Directors, made up of high-profile people from the public and private world, who collaborate in obtaining funds for the operation of the institution. To this end, the members of the Board shall provide the Executive Director with suggestions regarding the structure and working modalities of that Council, as well as with regard to its possible members.

16º Bring to the regional multilateral forums concrete proposals to achieve the realization of a medium and long-term CEJA financing program, in compliance with the work plan agreed upon at the III Summit of Presidents of the Americas.

17º Performing by the members of the Council direct actions to obtain voluntary contributions in favor of the JSCA by the member states, especially those of which they are nationals, and before agencies that finance projects in the area of ​​law and Justice.

18º To take direct contact with the Ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Finance of the countries of the Region to obtain the materialization of the voluntary contributions of their respective countries.

19º To propose before the next REMJA establish a close link between this body and the JSCA, so that the latter institution collaborates, as appropriate, in the follow-up of the conclusions and recommendations of the meeting and in the dissemination of the same.

20th To organize, following a report to the members of the Council from the Caribbean, and in the framework of the next REMJA meeting in March in Trinidad and Tobago, a working meeting with legal experts and government representatives of the countries of the Caribbean, in order to know the actions that the JSCA can develop in benefit of its legal and judicial systems.

21 ° To carry out, prior report to the members of the Board of Directors absent in this meeting, and on the occasion of that same meeting of the REMJA the VII Meeting of the Directive Council of the JSCA.

22º To appoint, in accordance with the provisions of article 13.4 of the Bylaws and articles 11 to 15 of the Regulations, the director Mr. Douglass Cassel, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the director Mr. Federico Callizo, as the new Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. It is expressly agreed to congratulate the counselor Mrs. Mónica Ángel for her excellent management in charge of the Board's presidency during its first stage of operation.

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