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JSCA and Fundación CONSTRUIR present judicial management assessment and model for Cochabamba

Cochabamba, January 15, 2018

In an effort to present the judicial management assessment and model proposed by JSCA and Fundación CONSTRUIR for Cochabamba, a socialization workshop was held in that city today. The event was attended by over 40 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of justice sector organizations and judicial system operators.

The activity is part of the “Pilot Project for Modernizing Judicial Management and Promoting the Use of Oral Procedures in Six Cochabamba Courts,” which seeks to support the implementation of civil, criminal and family justice reforms in Bolivia through the proposal of a new management model. This proposal will allow for changes to the work processes to be tested. Said changes will take place on various levels: i) case processing, separating mere paperwork from procedures that require more in-depth analysis; ii) hearing management so that they are held or rescheduled in a timely manner; and iii) organizational, designing or redistributing tasks in order to achieve more efficient judicial management. In addition, there is a proposal to use electronic notifications.



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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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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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