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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.
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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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XXI Meeting of the Board Directors

In Santiago on December 6, 2008, the Board of Directors met, with the participation of the Councilors Jaime Arellano (President), Lloyd Ellis, George M. Thomson, Hebe Martinez, Russell Wheeller, Lucila Larrandart, and the Elected Councilor Marc Rosenberg, by virtue of Article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, it resolves:

  1. To congratulate the Executive Director, Mr. Cristián Riego, for the presentation of the Annual Activity Report for 2008. The Council expresses its agreement for the proper institutional management of the new Director, who has had to assume functions before the formal start of his term, implementing successfully a policy of optimization and internationalization of the work team and carrying out a regional, open and informed contest that ended in the hiring of the new academic coordinator.
  2. Approve the Financial Plan and Plan of Action for the Year 2009. Regarding the Financial Plan, the effort made to reduce operational costs, maintaining financing for JSCA's permanent tasks, is especially highlighted. In relation to the Plan of Action, the development and follow-up of some main lines of work is emphasized, such as the one referred to the Preventive Prison Study, on the occasion of the seminar held in Colombia.
  3. Take note of the comments made by the Directors on the information mechanisms with the Executive Management. In this sense, it is agreed to receive, in addition to the semester calendar of activities in which JSCA is involved as organizer or participant, a particular call for events and projects, which due to their thematic orientation, involved entities or place of realization, can mean a prominent role for the Council.
  4. Dismiss the Counselor and former President, George Thomson, who served for six years as a member of this Council, his role being key not only in the direction of the organization but also in the consolidation of JSCA's relations with CIDA and in strengthening the institutional capacities for the training of regional actors in the justice system. Likewise, this Council welcomes the new Board Member Mark Rosenberg, in the conviction that his role as a former magistrate will be relevant to JSCA's work.
  5. Agree to hold a next meeting of the Board of Directors during the first semester of 2009, giving priority to some international activity organized by JSCA and in which the Board can participate, adding value to the expected results. The Secretary is entrusted with exploring and informing the Council of the most propitious date for this purpose.

XX Meeting of the Board Directors

In Washington, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, the XX Ordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) was held, with the participation of Counselors Jaime Arellano, Lloyd Ellis, Hebe Martinez, Carlos Caputo, Russell Wheeler and Lucila Larrandart

In accordance with the provisions of article 13 of its Statute and 18 and 19 of its Regulations, the following resolutions were agreed:

  1. To express its approval for the report delivered by the President of the Council and the Executive Director to VII REMJA, on the activities of JSCA in the Americas.
  2. Appreciate the presentation made by the Secretary of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit, Jorge Carrera, on the prospects of work of this institutionality, especially congratulating the actions that have been jointly promoted with JSCA, within the framework of EuroSocial Justice. The Council encourages perseverance in the development of new projects that promote this strategic linkage of work in judicial systems.
  3. Appreciate the statement made by the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) about their work in the region and urge joint actions with JSCA, based on the signed cooperation agreement.
  4. Request the Executive Directorate to draw up a disaggregated minutes, which summarizes the quarterly report, and which contains a summary of the activities carried out and prospected by JSCA, in which it has a main organizing role. Likewise, at the request of the Caputo Councilor, the detailed development of the topics reported by this instrument is agreed upon, alluding, as far as possible, to its genesis and evolution in order to more fully inform the successive meetings of the Board of Directors that are held.
  5. To instruct the Executive Directorate to send a detailed form, indicative of financed projects, activities with associated expenses and other actions planned for 2008, which evidences the goods and services whose financing should be privileged.
  6. To request the President of the Board of Directors to take the pertinent steps, in order to consider alternatives for a new link between JSCA and the OAS, privileging the perspectives of financial sustainability and budgetary management of the institution.
  7. To elect by Justice Lloyd Ellis by Vice-President of the Board.
  8. To agree on a next meeting for June 23, in order to focus primarily on the outcome of the talks that the President of the Board has on the assignment indicated in the preceding paragraph, for which the Executive Secretary will report on the progress of these negotiations and ratify the availability of agenda of the members of the Council.


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