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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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{tab XII Meeting of the Board Directors}

 In Santiago, on December 16, 2005, the Board of Directors met in that city, with the participation of the titular Directors George M Thomson, Jaime Arellano, Lloyd Ellis, Douglass Cassel, Germán Garavano and the presence of the Elected Counselor Hebe Martinez, by virtue of Article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, it resolves:

1. To congratulate the Executive Director for the joint meeting organized in conjunction with the Editorial Committee on the 15th of the currents, thanking the attendance of its members and the voluntary contribution they make to the development of the institution.

2. To sanction the Resolutions of the XII Directing Council, held in Jamaica, dated June 16.

3. To congratulate Dr. Hebe Martinez and Dr. Carlos Eduardo Caputo for their recent appointment, within the framework of the XXXV General Assembly of the OAS, as Members of the JSCA Board of Directors and to welcome them.

4. To approve the Annual Activity Report presented by the Executive Director, congratulating him on his management, highlighting especially the presentation made by the Training Coordinator, Mauricio Duce, in relation to the Project "Strategies and Perspectives for Work in the Justice Sector" Criminal in Latin America ", concentrated on pilot experiences in the cities of Mar del Plata, Argentina and Cuenca, Ecuador, and the publication of the Second Report on Justice in the Americas (2004-2005) published by JSCA.

5. To provide that for the final approval of the 2005 Financial Report and the 2006 budget, the Executive Director sends to the Directors by e-mail information that complements their data disaggregated and allows a balanced budget for the next year, taking into account the resources that the institution. In compliance with the above, the Executive Director must send the information in the course of the week that elapses between December 19 and 23 and the Managing Directors pronounce on it before Friday, the 31st of the same month, of the current year.

6. The Board wishes to express that for the proper fulfillment of the objectives for which JSCA was conceived and for the institution to be viable over time, it is essential to have direct contributions from its member states that at least allow it to finance its expenses basic functions and the generation of regional public goods that have been entrusted to it. The foregoing does not prevent the institution from being able to and must obtain resources from other sources to carry out its plans and activities.
7. It is entrusted to the Directors Thomson, Cassel and Arellano, to carry out relevant procedures, which within their powers, facilitate the process of obtaining contributions from the Governments of the United States of America and Canada and the rest of the Directors. help, with their respective governments, in obtaining voluntary contributions.

8. Ratify the agreements signed by the Executive Director with the following bodies and institutions, namely:

- University of Florida.
- Council of the Judiciary of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
- Carolina Foundation of Argentina.
- Vice-Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bolivia.
- General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bolivia.
- Superior Court of Justice of the State of Zacatecas.
- Public Ministry of Peru.
- Government, Superior Court of Justice and Public Ministry of the Province of Córdoba, together with INECIP.

9. Discuss in the course of the first quarter of next year the date for holding an XIV Meeting of the Board of Directors, being a possibility to study that it takes place on the occasion of the VI Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), which is scheduled for April 24 to 26, 2006 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


XIII Meeting of the Board Directors

In Kingston, on June 20, 2005, the Board of Directors met in that city, with the participation of the titular Directors George M Thomson, Lloyd Ellis, Douglass Cassel and Germán Garavano, pursuant to article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, resolves:

1. To thank the presence of the members of CIDA and USAID, in the persons of Gérald Le Francois, Dennis Darby and Lynn Vega, and their illustrative explanations regarding the execution of the projects of their institutions with JSCA and the Region.

2. To express its gratitude for the effusive and warm reception and attention of Justice Lloyd Ellis, host of the Council in Jamaica, as well as with the collaboration of the Government of Jamaica in the organization of the meeting.

3. To sanction the Resolutions of the XI Directing Council, with two orthographic errata to the names of Fay Frances Armstrong and Douglass Cassel.

4. Approve the account of the Executive Director, congratulating him on his management. The achievements in projects supporting the improvement of criminal justice systems, particularly the one in execution in the city of Mar del Plata, the training program for trainers in criminal procedure reform and criminal prosecution, and the preparation of a new version of the Report on Justice in the Americas.

5. To approve the granting of a period of fifteen days in order for the Managing Directors to analyze the preliminary version of the Report on Justice in the Americas, with the purpose of making observations particularly with regard to data related to their countries.

6. Approve the Strategic Plan 2005 - 2009, coinciding in the presentation of the four matrices on which it is structured, namely: 1) Generation of knowledge and information; 2) Training in judicial reform; 3) Contact and dissemination of information and 4) Technical Assistance. In turn, the Board supports the strategic design for the financing of the Plan, in terms of the total amount of the budget, the diversification of funding sources and the consolidation of permanent contributions.

7. To authorize the Executive Director to conduct a first qualitative exercise on the state of justice in the Region, including the JSCA's assessment of the reform processes of the member countries of the Organization, in all areas of the Systems of Justice.

8. Advance in the way of generating a network of judicial schools that supports efforts to improve judicial training by bringing them closer to the reform processes and the actors that lead them. The idea, expressed by the Executive Direction, of giving schools tools and incentives for accreditation and self-evaluation of their operation is shared.

9. Rethink the initiative to conduct a global evaluation of the Center, with a view to its objectives and strategic purposes. This rethinking must take into account: 1) the real efficiency of this strategy to obtain new financial support; 2) the independence of the evaluator that allows adding value to the existing vision on JSCA in the Region and 3) the degree of knowledge and adequate approach with which the study must be carried out, taking into account the expertise of the tasks performed by the Center .

10. To approve the agreements that JSCA has signed with the Association of Magistrates and Judicial Officers of Córdoba, with the State of Puebla, and the addendum to the Agreement with the Province of Buenos Aires.

11. Schedule the next meeting of this Council for the month of December 2005, at the headquarters of JSCA in Santiago, Chile, together with the meeting of the Editorial Committee of the Judicial Systems Journal published by the Center, according to the same scheme developed. at the XI Council held in Santiago in December of last year. At first it was thought for days 8 and 9, but after confirming that day 8 is a holiday, it is proposed for days 15 and 16.

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