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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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XXII Meeting of the Board Directors


In Santiago, on Friday, May 8, 2009, the Board of Directors met, with the participation of Counselors Jaime Arellano (President), Lloyd Ellis (Vice President), Marc Rosenberg, Hebe Martínez, Russell Wheeler and Lucila Larrandart, with the presence as an observer of Mr. Gerald Le Francois, as senior development officer of the CIDA-JSCA Project and, pursuant to Article 13 of its Statute and 11, 12, 18 and 19 of its Regulations, resolves:

  1. Congratulate Board Member Marc Rosenberg for his assumption as Director of JSCA.
  2. To congratulate the Director of Projects, Mr. Mauricio Duce, on the Inter-American Training of Trainers for the Criminal Procedure Reform Program, in its 2009 version. The Councilors express their agreement for having personally witnessed the development of the courses and expressed their willingness to replicate their participation in JSCA activities with regional call.
  3. Appoint unanimously Russell Wheeler as President of JSCA and Hebe Martinez as Vice-President. The Council encourages the occasion to thank the directors, Jaime Arellano in the Presidency and Lloyd Ellis in the Vice-Presidency for their leadership, work and commitment.
  4. To agree to the holding of a next meeting of the Board of Directors during the month of December of the year 2009. The Secretary is entrusted to explore and inform the Board of the most propitious date with this objective.

XXIII Meeting of the Board Directors

The Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas met on December 18, 2009 in Santiago, Chile. The meeting was attended by Board members Russell Wheeler (President), Hebe Martínez (Vice President), Jaime Arellano, Lucila Larrandart and Marc Rosenberg. By virtue of Article 13 of its Statutes and Articles 18 and 19 of its Regulations, it resolves:

  1. To congratulate JSCA Executive Director Cristián Riego on his presentation of the 2009 Annual Report and for the work done this year, particularly in the areas of Management and Information and pretrial detention. In regard to the latter and at the suggestion of Board Member Martínez, the Board agrees to pay special attention to the impact of this issue in view of the findings presented in the country reports.
  2. To approve the 2010 Financial Plan and Plan of Action in accordance with the scenarios projected by the Executive Director.
  3. To approve the financial statements for 2007-2008. The Board also agrees that said statements should be published on the institution’s Website. 
  4. To select the company Moore Stephens as the institution’s auditing firm for 2009-2010 based on the technical and economic offers received by the Board.
  5. To delegate the task of coordinating and making any decisions necessary in order to ensure JSCA’s participation and submission of its report to the VIII Meeting of the Ministers of Justice or Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) to the President of the Board.
  6. To approve the agreements signed with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Universidad Católica Boliviana de San Pablo.
  7. To bid farewell to Board Member and former Board President Jaime Arellano, who served as a member of this body for six years and played a key role in the Center’s management, the fluidity of relations with the OAS and the strengthening of JSCA’s institutional capacities. The Board also agrees to issue a certificate of recognition to the family of late Board member Lloyd Ellis.



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