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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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Column: The Work on Uruguay’s New Criminal Justice System Is Just Beginning

November 10, 2017


  • Opinion Column by Executive Director Jaime Arellano in Semanario Búsqueda, Uruguay

Uruguay’s new criminal justice system was implemented on November 1. The country has thus joined the group of Latin American nations that have been moving towards adversarial models based on the use of oral procedures and hearings since the 1990s.

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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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