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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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Column: The Work on Uruguay’s New Criminal Justice System Is Just Beginning

November 10, 2017


  • Opinion Column by Executive Director Jaime Arellano in Semanario Búsqueda, Uruguay

Uruguay’s new criminal justice system was implemented on November 1. The country has thus joined the group of Latin American nations that have been moving towards adversarial models based on the use of oral procedures and hearings since the 1990s.

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The November 28, 2012 Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas was held in Quito and attended by Board members Marc Rosenberg (President), Russell Wheeler, Ernesto Pazmiño, Santiago Pereira and Pedro B. Dallari. By virtue of Article 13 of the Center’s Statutes and Articles 11, 12, 18 and 19 of its Regulations, the Board hereby resolves:

  1. To recognize and congratulate Board members Pereira and Dallari on their appointment to the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas.
  2. To approve the Annual Report and thank and congratulate Executive Director Cristián Riego, particularly in regard to the development of projects which have allowed actions and resources to be sustained over time, generating a noteworthy regional impact. The Board especially recognizes the seminar held in Quito, “Dialogue on Challenges of Reforms of Non-Criminal Justice Procedures in Latin America,” which was transmitted live via Internet, thus boosting its impact. The Board would like to thank Board member Ernesto Pazmiño for securing a commitment from the National Public Defender’s Office of Ecuador to organize and support this activity.
  3. To approve the Plan of Action and Budget for 2012-2013. The Board unanimously expresses its approval of the strategy outlined by the Executive Directorship in order to ensure the sustainability of the components of JSCA’s Strategic Plan. 
  4. To select the auditing service technical proposal submitted by Moore Stephens Consultants and Auditors in the context of the 2012-2014 bidding process held on November 22, 2012. The Board unanimously approved this decision after hearing the presentation offered by the Board Secretary regarding the assessment of the proposals and review of institutional information and technical and financial offers submitted by the proponents. 
  5. To unanimously appoint Board Member Ernesto Pazmiño as Vice President of the Board and express our gratitude to Board Member Russell Wheeler for his leadership, work and commitment. 
  6. To ratify the cooperation agreements reached with the Union of Workers of the Lima Prosecutor’s Office; Universidad de Tarapacá de Arica; the Foundation of the Center for Research on Democracy, Justice and Security (CEDJUS) of Tucumán, Argentina; Costa Rica’s Judiciary Association (ACOJUD); Colombia’s Procedure Law Institute (ICDP); the Center for Research on Updating Law (CEAD) of Querétaro, Mexico; the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa, Canada; Fundación Construir of La Paz, Bolivia; Ecuador’s Ministry of the Interior; the Tucumán Province Judicial Branch of Argentina; the Magistrates, Prosecutor’s Office and Judicial Branch Officials Association of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Supreme Court of Paraguay. The Board also hereby ratifies the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Instituto di Ricerca sui Sistemi Giudiziari (IRSIG) of Bologna, Italy and the Complementary Agreement to the Framework Cooperation Agreement with the Buenos Aires Public Prosecutor’s Office.
  7. To schedule the next Board Meeting for December 2013 in Santiago de Chile. We hereby request that the Board Secretary explore possible dates and report back to the Board once he has identified the best option. 

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