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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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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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