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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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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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