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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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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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