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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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XV Meeting of the Board Directors


In Santiago, Chile, on Friday, November 3, 2006, the XV Ordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) was held, with the participation of the Councilors George M. Thomson, Jaime Arellano, Justice LLoyd Ellis, Germán Garavano, Carlos Caputo, Hebe Martinez and elected Councilor Russell Wheeler.


The meeting began with a substantial discussion regarding the role of the Board of Directors, particularly in aspects of its internal JSCA policy and its relationship with the Executive Directorate. One of the important results of this dialogue was the agreement for the Council to schedule an additional meeting each year, dedicated exclusively to the discussion of institutional policy strategies.

The Board of Directors agreed the following resolutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations:

1. To sanction the Resolutions of the XIV Directing Council held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2. To welcome the integration of Russell Wheeler and to bid farewell and to thank Douglass Cassel for his significant contribution to the Board and the institution, during the six years of performance as board member. It was agreed that the Council transmit to you in writing the expression of your gratitude.

3. Approve the presentation of the Executive Director on Activity Report, Financial Report 2006 and 2007 Budget of the institution.

4. Request from the Executive Director a new study of the results of the proposal for the designation of the JSCA auditing company, transmitting to the Council its final recommendation in this regard. The Council will be consulted about its approval in this matter by email.

5. Intensify efforts to continue supporting JSCA's financial sustainability policies, in the context agreed in VI REMJA, the XXXVI General Assembly of the OAS and the provisions of the recently approved USAID project. In this context, the Council encourages to persevere with the work initiated by the executive secretariat around a permanent, precise and integral follow-up of this process, reporting periodically on its progress to the Executive Director and Executive Directors.

6. Ratify all the cooperation agreements signed by the Executive Director.

7. Hold a second extraordinary annual meeting of the Board of Directors exclusively devoted to the analysis of JSCA's institutional policies and strategies.

8. Implement the information system proposed by the Executive Directorate in order to maintain a permanent contact between the Directors and the administration of the institution, as well as facilitate the follow-up of the efforts to commit the Member States to the development of the institution.

9. To entrust the Executive Secretary with a report that, according to the Statute, Regulation and precedent, defines the general lines on which the process of convening the new JSCA Director should be developed. In this same sense, the Executive Director is requested to present a document that shows the organic and functional requirements that allow a successful transition in the management of the organization.

10. To entrust the Executive Secretary with a study on the procedure used by other international organizations, similar to JSCA, for the compensation or remuneration of their governing bodies, informing of this in the next session of this Council.

11. To approve the motion proposed by Board Member Lloyd Ellis to designate, as of January 1, 2007, as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jaime Arellano and Germán Garavano, respectively, thanking George's dedicated and efficient presidency. Thomson.

12. Convene meetings of the Board of Directors for the months of March, August and November of 2007, requesting the Executive Secretary the due coordination of dates, possibilities and agendas with the members of the Board.

XIV Meeting of the Board Directors

In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on April 23, 2006, the Board of Directors met with the participation of the Councilors George M. Thomson, Jaime Arellano, Lloyd Ellis, Douglass Cassel, Carlos Eduardo Caputo and Hebe Martinez, and under the Article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, resolves:

1.- To approve the Resolutions of the XIII Directing Council, held in December of last year in Chile, including the final sanction of the budget for the year 2006.

2.- Express its satisfaction with the report issued on the occasion of the expert evaluator of the CIDA Project and the evaluation report of the Pilot Plan of Mar del Plata on the Deepening of the Criminal Justice Accusatory System

3.- Approve the presentation that the Executive Director has proposed for VI REMJA in relation to the Activity Report and Financing Plan of the Institution, agreeing that its presentation be conducted by the Chairman of the Board.

4.- To agree, in the topic of financing, the following text of conclusions and recommendations for consideration in REMJA:

"To approve the Financing Plan presented on behalf of V REMJA and to urge the Member States to take into account the amounts indicated in said Plan, as minimum contributions necessary to cover the essential expenses of the Center."

5.-It is entrusted to the Executive Director, Councilor Cassel and Executive Secretary of the Council, to coordinate the necessary actions for the effective and integral inclusion of the aforementioned text.

6.- To approve the holding of an ordinary meeting of the Board of Directors for the month of December of this year, entrusting the Executive Secretariat with its organization and due programming.

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