Executive Director
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Jaime Arellano Quintana
Executive Director

Jaime Arellano has been the Executive Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) since January 2014. JSCA is an international agency that forms part of the Inter-American System (OAS). Its mission is to provide technical support to governments, judicial branches, and other stakeholders of the region’s justice systems, providing new impulse to justice reforms in the Americas. Mr. Arellano was a member of the JSCA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010, serving as Vice President during 2005 and 2006 and as President during 2007 and 2008.

Born in Temuco (1966) in the La Araucanía Region of Chile, he is an attorney with a degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (1984-1988). He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy (MPA) from American University (Washington, D.C.), which he earned in 1996 with funding from Fulbright and President of the Republic scholarships.

Mr. Arellano has been Senior Partner at the law firm of Jara & Marín in Santiago de Chile, where he has worked in the area of public law and commercial contracts, litigating before the Supreme Courts and courts of appeal, arbitration, and public hiring. He has represented the private sector before regulatory entities and the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

He has been a faculty member at the Universidad de Santiago School of Economics and Administration, the Chilean Judicial Academy, and the Master’s in Law Program with a mention in Comparative and International Recruitment offered by the Universidad de Chile Law School and Washington College of Law of American University. He also has been an instructor for the Program on Judicial Reform in Latin America and the United States which is offered jointly by JSCA and Washington College of Law.

Mr. Arellano worked as a Legal Manager at CORFO, the Chilean Economic Development Agency, between 2006 and March 2010. He headed CORFO’s Legal Division, which employed over 50 attorneys, and he was responsible for participating in, reporting on, and advising on all legal matters in areas related to very diverse fields of law. His practice was centered on public law in general and civil, commercial, corporate, financial and banking, trade, private international, environmental, and tax law. He was responsible for the defense in cases to which CORFO was party or in which the agency had an interest, directing and acting in civil, criminal, arbitration, commercial, trademark, bankruptcy, and labor cases at all levels of the judicial, arbitration, and constitutional system.

Between 1996 and 2006, he developed a varied public service career in the areas of legislative advising, the design and implementation of public policies in the justice sector, and the modernization and management of public institutions.

In March 2000, he was named Undersecretary of Justice (Vice Minister) and served in that capacity throughout the administration of President Ricardo Lagos (March 2000 through March 2006). He was responsible for promoting the implementation of the Criminal Procedure Reform throughout Chile, prison reform, and the new prison concession program as well as the passage of a new Civil Marriage Law, the Civil Reform Forum, and initiatives related to the strengthening of the Judicial Branch.

Mr. Arellano also was a member of the Board of Chile’s Fulbright Commission (2004-2010), a binational, autonomous, not-for-profit agency created to promote mutual understanding between Chile and the U.S. Its main goal is to support study and research through educational exchange and to seek excellence in scholarship recipients. He was the Vice President of the Board in 2004 and President in 2005.

During his time in the United States, in addition to pursuing his graduate work he served as Legal Advisor and Political Analyst at the Chilean Embassy (1995-1996).

When he returned to Chile, he served as Legal and Political Advisor to Minister of Justice Soledad Alvear (1996), participating in efforts to develop bills related to the new Chilean justice system. Between 1996 and 1997, he served as Chief of Staff of the President of the Chamber of Deputies and worked as an Inter-American Development Bank consultant. In July 1997, he was named General Director of the Judicial Assistance Corporation and led its transformation. He served in that role until March 2000.

Rodo 1950, Providencia
Santiago – Chile
Telephone  (562) 22274 2933
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