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JSCA announces pre-selected papers for the “International Paper Competition on Evidentiary Activity in Oral Systems”

SANTIAGO, August 7, 2018.


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) has selected 15 papers for the first phase of the “International Paper Competition on Evidentiary Activity in Oral Systems.” A total of 63 papers were submitted (34 written by men and 29 by women) from 14 Latin American nations.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a paper and congratulate the authors whose works have been pre-selected for presentation.

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Retrospective Analysis and Current Challenges after Over a Decade of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile

Santiago, July 26, 201


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Supreme Court of Chile and Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Chile organized a seminar to present the study “Challenges of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile: A Retrospective Analysis after Over a Decade.” The event was held Wednesday, July 25 in the Salon of Honor of the Santiago Courts of Justice.

The study was presented by JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano

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International Seminar on Trial by Jury in Mendoza

July 20, 201.


The government of Mendoza, Supreme Court of the Province of Mendoza, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) are organizing an international seminar entitled “Trial by Jury in Mendoza.” The event will be held Tuesday, August 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mendoza Judicial Branch, which is located at Av. España 480.

The inaugural ceremony will include addresses by Alfredo Cornejo, the Governor of Mendoza; Jorge Nanclares, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Mendoza; José Valerio, President of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Mendoza; JSCA Training Director Leonel González; and Senator Anabel Fernández Sagasti, who represents the Province of Mendoza.

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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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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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