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Marco Fandiño Castro
Research and Projects Director

Fandiño, of Spain, is an attorney with a law degree from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. He also completed the Program in Latin American Studies at Universidad Católica Argentina and a master´s degree in Governance and Human Rights at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
He began to work at JSCA as a research attorney in January 2013 and was later promoted to Coordinator of the Management and Information and Research and Projects Areas. He is currently the Center’s Director of Research and Projects.
He has participated as a trainer or advisor on judicial reform processes in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Uruguay. He has served as a consultant for international agencies such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He also has served as a consultant for national institutions including Chile’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Chile’s Public Defender’s Office, Uruguay’s Ministry of the Interior and Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor’s Office.
His publications include Comparative Studies on Civil Justice System Reform: Germany, Spain and Uruguay (Director, 2018); Multidisciplinary Dialogue on Civil Justice Reform (Co-Director, 2018); Challenges of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile: A Retrospective Analysis after Over a Decade (Co-author, 2017);  Civil Mediation Manual (Co-author, 2017); Alternatives to the Judicial Process for Promoting Access to Justice (Coordinator, 2016); and Evaluation of the New Management Model of Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor’s Office (Co-Author, 2014).
Fandiño specializes in criminal procedure reform, civil procedure reform, access to justice and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
He is a member of the UNESCO Chair for a Culture of Peace and Human Rights at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

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Leonel González
Training Director

Argentine attorney specializing in Criminal Law with a degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires Law School. He completed the Latin American Certificate Program on Criminal Procedure Reform at Universidad Diego Portales Law School (Chile) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (Canada).

He served as a consultant on the Evaluation of the Implementation of Panama’s Adversarial Criminal Justice System; the Evaluation of the Impact of the Fiscal Management Model of Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor’s Office; the project “Evaluation of Chile’s Criminal Procedure Reform Ten Years After Its National Implementation”; on the project Technical Assistance for the Implementation of Uruguay’s Criminal Procedure Code; and on the project “Pretrial Detention in Bolivia.”

He has participated as a presenter or instructor in seminars, courses and conferences in the US, Canada, Austria, the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.

He is the Regional Vice President for South America of the International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) for 2017-2019 and member of the Argentina Procedure Law Association. He has worked in the Federal Criminal Cassation Chamber in the Argentine National Judicial Branch and at the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP).

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Paula Mesa
Communications and Public Relations Director

Mesa, of Argentina, holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) with a focus on Communications Policy and Planning. She also holds a certificate in Legislative Management from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and the Parliamentary Training Institute of Argentina with a specialization in Foreign Relations.

She has professional experience in the fields of communications and public relations for public, private and third-sector organizations.

She was one of the founders of the Adolfo Pérez Esquivel Nobel Peace Prize Press Team and served as its co-coordinator. She also has served as a communications and press advisor for the legislature of the city of Buenos Aires and Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies.

She was the Press Secretary at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) and has produced news content for international news channels and handled communications planning for various NGOs.

Mesa is the author of RNMA: La conformación de una red de medios alternativos en Argentina, a research project that reconstructs the history of the National Alternative Media Networks, focusing on the moments prior to and after the implementation of Argentina’s Audiovisual Communications Services Law. 

Lorena Espinosa
Research Associate

Espinosa, of Chile, holds a law degree from Universidad Diego Portales (UDP). Her interests and experience are related to justice, public policy, and gender. She coordinated the design of JSCA’s Gender Equality Policy and is currently coordinating its implementation. Espinosa is a member of the first Chilean Feminist Attorneys’ Association, ABOFEM.

She has trained judicial officials in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Argentina and was an instructor in the first version of the Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform. She is the co-author of the “Report on Judicial Management and the Use of Oral Procedures in Uruguay’s Civil Justice System” and the first report of the Observatory of Civil Conflict and Access to Justice, OCCA, which was entitled “Civil Conflict and Barriers to Access to Justice in Latin America: A Report on Housing and Land.” She participated in the consultancy for the UNDP entitled “Assessment of Pretrial Detention in Bolivia.” Espinosa has worked on technical assistance projects in Argentina, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and on the implementation of a pilot plan for modernizing judicial management in six courts in Cochabamba, Olivia. She is currently part of the permanent OCCA team and is conducting various comparative studies at the Latin American level.

As a student, she volunteered with the Santiago Legal Clinic and was a teaching assistant in the Universidad Diego Portales Procedure Law Department. She was a member of the university’s Procedure Law Seedbed, a group of undergraduate students who conduct research in that field, and represented UDP at the XIII International Undergraduate Student Competition organized by the Colombian Procedure Law Institute (ICDP). At the competition, she presented the research project “The Impact of Amicus Curiae Cases on Chilean Constitutional Court Decisions.”

After completing her undergraduate studies, she was a teaching assistant with the UDP Procedure Law Department until 2017 and for the course “Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems” until 2016. Prior to that, Espinosa worked in a law firm that created an arbitration court and was later a judicial inspector. Before joining JSCA’s staff, she worked in an office that conducted title research.

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Juan José Martínez Layuno
Research Associate

Chilean. Attorney with a law degree from Universidad Alberto Hurtado and a certificate in Statistics from Universidad Diego Portales. 

He has worked with JSCA since 2015 in various Latin American countries on issues such as access to justice, procedure reform and judicial management. As a researcher, he has worked to implement various technical cooperation projects and training initiatives with a wide range of agencies from Europe and the Americas.

Prior to joining JSCA, he completed internships and practica at the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) in Buenos Aires, the Chilean State Defense Council (CDE), the Chilean Supreme Court’s Research Directorate (DECS), and the National Service for Women of Chile (SERNAM). His main academic interests are judicial effectiveness and procedural justice.

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Gonzalo Fibla
Chilean. Attorney with a degree from Universidad Católica del Norte and a certificate in Public Policy from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Government and Public Management at Universidad de Chile.

At JSCA, he participated as the coordinator and co-author of the study “Challenges of Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile: Retrospective Analysis After More than a Decade.” He also has participated in the design and implementation of comparative research on justice and technical assistance projects on public policy and justice in countries such as Uruguay, Argentina and Honduras.

Prior to joining the Center, he was a teaching and research assistant in Constitutional Law and Human Rights at Universidad Católica del Norte, focusing on research on crime victims, the right to the truth and the right to memory.

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Paula Ballesteros
Research Associate

Paula Ballesteros, of Brazil, is pursuing her doctorate in Law, State and the Constitution at Universidad de Brasilia. She holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de  São Paulo and a degree in the Social Sciences from Universidade de  São Paulo. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Government from FUndación Getúlio Vargas of  São Paulo. She served as a UNDP Consultant with the National Prison Department of the Ministry of Justice; as a researcher with the National Justice Council; and as a project manager with the National Truth Commission, all in Brazil. She also served as an advisor to the  São Paulo Public Defender’s Office and a researcher at the Universidade de São Paulo Research Nucleus on Violence.

Her main areas of study and research are citizen security, the criminal justice system and the prison system.

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Benjamin Sepulveda
Research Associate

Originally from Chile, he completed his legal studies at Pantheón-Assas University. He holds a master’s degree in Law and International Business Practice from the Institute of Peace and Development Law at Niza Sophia Antipolis University, which he completed with honors. He also earned a master’s degree with honors in Economic Law and Business and an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science at the same institution.

He completed his professional practicum in 2015 at the law firm of Lewis & Co in Paris, specializing in maritime transportation law in the litigation and arbitration department. He also participated in the 22nd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and is a member of the International Bar Association.

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Alejandra Bocardo

Bocardo, of Mexico, holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as an undergraduate degree (which she completed with honors) from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. She also completed a certificate in Human Rights and Citizen Security that was offered by the same institution in cooperation with the Nuevo León State Human Rights Commission.

Between 2012 and 2016, she worked in the Criminal Justice Reform and Research Area of Institución Renace in Mexico. She was responsible for various research and outreach projects at the Citizen Justice Observatory, a public initiative for monitoring in the implementation of the procedure reform in several regions of Mexico. She also was part of the research team for the Program to Promote and Monitor Criminal Justice Reform in Mexico, evaluating the performance of the criminal justice system. She coordinated the development of the model of indicators for evaluating the criminal justice system from a human rights approach.
Bocardo completed internships in the Regional Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Santiago and the Mexico City Human Rights Commission.

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Barbara Soto
Research Attorney

Soto, of Chile, holds an undergraduate degree in the Legal and Social Sciences from Universidad de Chile. She served as an assistant in the Computer Law Research Center at the Universidad de Chile Law School, where she also was part of the editorial team of the Revista Chilena de Derecho y Tecnología. After completing an internship focused on digital rights, she worked as a researcher at that organization, focusing on intellectual property, protection of personal data and human rights in the digital environment.
In 2016, she completed an internship at JSCA, contributing to the X Index of Online Access to Judicial Information. She is currently completing her undergraduate thesis.

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Ananías Reyes Vidal
Research Attorney

Reyes, of Chile, is a fifth year law student at Universidad de Chile. He volunteers with the NGO Leasur and is the General Coordinator of the Organizing Committee of the V Student Conference on Human Rights at Universidad de Chile Law School.

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María Jesús Valenzuela Suárez
Methodology Specialist

María Jesús Valenzuela, of Chile, is an anthropologist with a degree from Universidad de Chile with a focus on Social Anthropology and Archaeology. She has experience in the development and execution of assessments and research on a wide range of topics such as continuing education, cultural citizenship strengthening, assessments of citizen security and issues of patrimony.

She is currently providing technical support for a FONDECYT research project entitled “Political Ecology of Water Landscapes in the Loa Province (Antofagasta Region)” and works as a methodology specialist at JSCA.

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María Cecilia Torche Sepúlveda
Administration and Finance Director

Cecilia Torche, of Chile, is a Commercial Engineer with an undergraduate degree from Universidad de Concepción and an MBA in Human Resources Administration from the Business Administration Institute (IDE-CESEM) in Madrid, Spain. She also earned a certificate in Human Resources Administration and Labor Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has served as JSCA’s Director of Administration and Finance since December 2002. Ms. Torche is also a partner at CLARAMUNT TORCHE Business Consulting (since 1994) and has worked as the Administration and Finance Manager at Euromanagement S.A. and a consultant for the Ministry of the Treasury’s Budgeting Directorate, where she conducted evaluations of management oversight for the Ministries of Health, Education and Labor and the National Council for Drug Control (1999-2001).

Prior to joining JSCA, she was the Executive Coordinator of MBA programs at the Pontificia Universidad Católica School of Economic and Administrative Sciences (1995–1998); Deputy Administrative Director of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Engineering and Directorate of Scientific and Technological Research (DICTUC) (1993-1995); Director of Administration and Finance for the Municipal Corporation of Renca (1989–1992); a member and Manager of the Ana María de Lo Cañas Sports and Recreation Park (1985-1990); and Project Evaluator for Small Business at the Technical Cooperation Service at the Chilean Economic Development Agency (1982-1984).

Sandra Araneda Jofré
Event Coordinator - Director of Technology- Executive Assistant

Sandra Araneda, of Chile, is a bilingual executive assistant with a degree from the Esucomex Professional Institute. She also has earned a certificate in Joomla! Web Content Administration System Technology from Universidad de Chile and has completed courses on Internet applications, Webpage development and Web servers at SEGIC at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

She worked at Universidad de Santiago de Chile as an Executive Assistant from January 1990 to December 2003. She is currently Webmaster and Director of Technology at JSCA.

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Carola Benitez
Events Assistant

Chilean. She has worked at Duoc UC as a secretary and as a receptionist at the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency in Chile, where she provided support to the agency’s sales area. She also worked at Viajes Blanco Travel Agency, where she provided support for the sales and cruise areas.

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María José Lazo Saavedra

Chilean. General Accountant specializing in Tax Legislation with a degree from Instituto Duoc UC. She is currently pursuing a degree in Auditing. She has worked at Universal Freight Service S.A. as an Assistant and Supplier Analyst and at Travel Club-Banco de Chile as an Analyst in the Treasury. She has experience as a SAC Executive at Sonda S.A. and worked in the billing area at Cruz y Cía Ltda. Her experience covers the areas of accounting, administration and sales..

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Marcela Merino Ramos
Asistente Contable

Merino, of Chile, is an accountant-auditor with a degree from the Instituto Duoc UC. Prior to joining JSCA, she served as an accounting assistant in the company Latam Horizons Lighting Chile S.A. and as an audit assistant at Contadores Auditores Asociados S.A.

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Guillermo Morales P.
Office Assistant

Guillermo Morales, of Chile, worked at the Graphics Workshop for the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities as an assistant from 1971 to 1973. He also served as a press office worker at the University Promotion Corporation from 1974 to 2006. He has worked at JSCA since February 2010, where he handles maintenance and administrative tasks.






Jessica Bueno

Brazilian. Graduated from the Superior School Dom Helder Cámara, MG. He practices in Human Rights, Public Defender of Minas Gerais and Federal Justice. She was an exchange student in Cambridge to study legal English.




Nicolás Gajardo
He is currently a student at the Autonomous University of Madrid. where he holds a Masters in Governance and Human Rights. Chilean. Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

Law Degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with orientation in Public International Law. He was assistant to the Travieso - Alvarez Chair in Public International Law and International Law Sources at the University of Buenos Aires. Professional practice in Free Sponsorship of the University of Buenos Aires.

He is currently a volunteer member of Amnesty International Chile (AI)



Alberto Binder
Professor of Criminal Procedural Law at the University of Buenos Aires. Lawyer and Doctor of Law from that same university. founder and president of the Institute of Comparative Studies in Criminal Sciences, INECIP; Member of the Argentine Association of Procedural Law and the Ibero-American Institute of Procedural Law. Technical advisor of judicial reform processes in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and other countries of Latin America. He is Co-Director of the Judicial Systems Journal of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas, JSCA. He is an advisor to international cooperation agencies on issues related to the Judicial Reform.

He is the author of several books and numerous articles on penal reforms: "Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law"; "Initiation to the Criminal Accusatory Process", "Criminal Policy; from Formulation to Praxis "; "The Breach of Procedural Forms"; "Policemen and Thieves - A Guide to Discuss the Security Problem", among others.

Gonzalo Rua
Argentinian. Lawyer. Specialist in Criminal Law from the University of Palermo. Criminal Judge in the City of Buenos Aires from 2003 to date. He was a member of the Judicial Training Center of the Judicial Branch of the CABA, by direct vote of his peers, as Academic Counselor by the judges' estate (2008-2012).
Member of the Board of Directors of INECIP. In this Institution he is Director of the Criminal Systems Reform Program since 2009. He participated in the INECIP, as Coordinator and Advisor in the implementation of the criminal procedure reform in the Provinces of Entre Ríos (2009/2013), Salta (2011) ), Tucumán (2012/2013) Santiago del Estero (2010/2013) and Río Negro (2012/2016).

He has participated as a consultant and / or trainer in several Latin American countries. In Nuevo León, Mexico, he is the coordinator of the Training Agreement with the Judicial Power of that state and with the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon. Professor of undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, since 1996. Professor of Postgraduate Specialization in Magistracy at the National University of La Matanza (2015). He was a tenured professor at the University of Palermo (2003-2006) and in several Foreign Universities (Masters in the National University of Pilar, Paraguay, 2008, San Carlos University of Guatemala, 2009, among others).
He participated as a consultant and advisor in drafting organic laws and reforms to the Code of Criminal Procedure in the City of Buenos Aires and the Provinces of Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, Neuquén, Entre Rios and Río Negro. Former scholar of the Judicial Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) in the "Training of Trainers for Criminal Procedure Reform" Program (2007) and in the Program "Challenges and opportunities in the Assessment of evidence in accusatory oral trials ( 2010). Trainer for the CEJA in Lima, Peru (2011), Panama (2014), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015), Chile (2015), Nicaragua (2016) and in the course "Program for the Implementation of the Criminal Procedure Reform in Argentina" (2012 to date). Teacher by the JSCA in the Training Program for judges, skills in conducting hearings (2015/2016). International consultant in the implementation of the Ecuadorian criminal system (USAID, 2011/2012), and in the evaluation of the implementation of the System Criminal Accusatory in Panama (UNODC, 2014/2015) and in the evaluation of the Criminal Procedure Reform in Chile (JSCA, 2016). General Coordinator and head teacher of the Annual Program of Graduate Update in Criminal Litigation in the UBA -anual- (2014 to date).

He is currently Director of the Training Program for the Criminal Procedure Reform in Argentina and the Judicial Systems magazine. Co-director, together with Dr. Alberto Binder, from the collection "Fundamental concepts of the accusatory system", Nuevo León, Mexico. Co-author of the book "Code contravencional commented of the CABA" (2010). Author of the books "Counter-examination of Witnesses" and "Direct Examination of Witnesses".

Mauricio Alfredo Duce Julio
He is a lawyer at the Diego Portales University (1992) and has been a Fulbright Scholar twice (1998 and 2002) and President of the Republic Scholarship (1998), Master of Legal Sciences (JSM) at Stanford University, USA. (1999). He has done research visits at the universities of Berkeley, Yale and Wisconsin. Professor of various courses in the area of ​​criminal justice in the Faculty of Law of the Diego Portales University and Co-Director Program of Master in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure of the same. He has been a visiting professor to teach courses in Comparative Criminal Procedure at the Universities of Florida, Pacific McGeorge (Sacramento, United States), Puerto Rico (Santiago Program) and Tel Aviv. He was an advisor to the Ministry of Justice in the field of criminal procedure reform from 1996 to 2000.

Between 1994-1996 he was the secretary of the technical team that drafted the bills that make up the Chilean criminal procedure reform. He is the author of numerous publications in Chile and abroad on criminal justice, the Chilean criminal procedure system, the juvenile criminal justice system and new methodologies for teaching law. He is currently a Full Professor of the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Diego Portales where he has been working since 1992.

Leonardo Moreno
Lawyer of the Diego Portales University, Director of the Procedural Law Department of the School of Law of the Alberto Hurtado University of Chile and professor of the same, partner in the Law Firm MM & L. Post graduate in various specializations related to Social Management and Public Policies, Human Rights, Criminal Procedural Law, Negotiation and oral litigation in: the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences; the Center for Human Rights, of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile; Diego Portales University of Chile; The Chile Foundation; the University of the Pacific, Mc George School of Law in Sacramento; the California Western School of Law, of San Diego, California, of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, at the New York School of Law in New York. E.E.U.U., and in Medellín, Colombia. Involved since its origins in the Chilean Criminal Procedure Reform, participating in the inter-institutional training programs of the operators organized by the Ministry of Justice of Chile; He served as the National Head of the Department of Studies of the Public Criminal Defense Office, until after winning a public tender, he was appointed Northern Metropolitan Regional Ombudsman. From this position he led the organization, preparation and operation of the reform in the capital of Chile. In his capacity as an expert, he serves as an academic in various postgraduate degrees at several Chilean universities, at the Judicial Academy of Chile, the Institute of Judicial Studies Hernán Correa de la Cerda in Chile and the Justice Studies Center for the Americas, JSCA; and as visiting professor of the Institute of Criminal Procedural Science of Peru, of the Institute of Comparative Studies in Criminal and Social Sciences, INECIP of Argentina and various foreign Universities and Judicial Academies. Member of the Council of the Innocent Project of the Chilean Public Penal Defender. He currently works as a teacher in civil and criminal procedural law, and in oral litigation techniques in Criminal, Labor and Family Litigation.

Coauthor of the texts: Strategic Litigation in the New Criminal Process; The Adversarial Model in Chile, Presentations on its implementation in the criminal procedure reform. Author of the book Theory of the Case; and of the module The Case Theory and Techniques of Oral Litigation, of the Public Ministry of Peru, among other publications.

Inés Marensi

Marensi, of Argentina, holds a degree in Education from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata Humanities School as well as a degree as a Judicial Authority from the same institution’s School of Legal and Social Sciences. She works as an international consultant in the field of Judicial Training. She has served as Coordinator of the Training Area at the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) and Coordinator of the Training Area at JSCA. She is currently a member of the Training Center of the Buenos Aires Province Public Prosecutor’s Office.


Adrian Jaime Medrano Cruz

Adrian Medrano holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from IEDE and completed JSCA’s Inter-American Program for Training Trainers for Criminal Procedure Reform. He has worked with the Center for Public Systems in the Universidad de Chile Industrial Engineering Department as an associated professional and is a senior consultant with Holos Consulting and international consultant. He has over 17 years of experience leading and executing projects in over 40 companies and institutions from the public and private sectors and has worked in 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Some of the topics that his projects have explored in the judicial arena are the design of public policies in reformed civil justice systems; alternative dispute resolution; the impact of new technologies on judicial sector reform processes; transparency and accountability in the judicial branch; adversarial criminal justice system implementation plans; defining and measuring certified judicial indicators and standards; generation of judicial statistics for monitoring judicial reform support programs; proposals for improving administrative structures and support systems in judicial branches; management models of excellence for courts and appeals courts; installation of management systems for innovation in auxiliary judicial sector agencies; model of inventorying, clearing and monitoring cases in courts of appeal; models for estimating the human resources necessary for strengthening public prosecutor’s offices (strategic analysis units and investigative teams); and results-based management in justice administration.

Norbert Lösing
German. Lawyer. Bachelor of Law from the University of Bayreuth. Doctor of Law from the University of Bonn. He worked in the German international cooperation and served as director of the Program of Promotion of the Rule of Law in Latin America of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation from 1992 to 1997. He was a professor at the University of Heidelberg from 1997 until the year 2000. Since 1999 he has been working as litigant lawyer at the law firm Sieper & Lösing in Lüneburg, Germany. He has prostrated from the Academy of Lawyers in Criminal Law and Intellectual Property. Since 2016 he is an honorary judge of the Celle Bar Association, Germany.

His specialty is procedural law, a subject in which he has written a book and numerous articles.

Lilian San Martín

Chilean A lawyer. Degree in Legal and Social Sciences from the Universidad de Concepción. Master in "Romanistic and Unificazione Giuridico del Diritto System: European and Latin American Experience in Confronto (with Particolare Attenzione All'unificazione del Diritto dei Contratti)", by the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", program organized by the Omnem Network of the ALFA Program of the European Union, in conjunction with the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of "Tor Vergata". Doctor in Roman Legal System by the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

He was part of the Chilean defense team before the tribunal of The Hague in the maritime dispute Peru v. Peru. Chile. He worked at the law firm Barros Letelier y González. She works at Universidad Alberto Hurtado as a civil law professor since 2011. In 2014, she became a professor at Jornada and since January 2015 she has been the director of the private law department. He has participated in research projects funded by CONICYT, highlighting his participation as an associate researcher in the project "Historical-Dogmatic Studies of Private Property Law: a look at the articles of Books II and IV of the Civil Code of Chile" (CONICYT SOC 1111 ), and his character as researcher responsible for the Fondecyt Initiation project "The fault of the victim as exclusive or concurrent cause of the damage" (Nº 11140246).

She is a member of the Group for the Harmonization of Law in Latin America (GADAL - in which she actively participates as rapporteur of the Chilean team.

His specialties are Law of obligations, civil liability and contracts. Roman private law and comparative law. He has numerous publications in these thematic areas, among which the book "The burden of the injured to avoid or mitigate the damage", published by the Externado de Colombia University (2012). She is an expert in the historical-compared method as a legal research methodology.

José Alberto Revilla González
Doctor in Law by Carlos III Madrid. Professor of Procedural Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has been Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law and Deputy Director of the Department of Private, Social and Economic Law of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Invited professor to teach postgraduate courses at the Gabriel René Moreno University (Bolivia), Central American University "José Simeón Cañas" (El Salvador), University of Itsmo (Guatemala) and Technological University of Honduras. He has also taught courses and conferences at the University of Havana (Cuba), Montevideo (Uruguay), University of Aquino (Bolivia) Urbino (Italy), and Uniwersytet Wroclawski (Wroclaw-Poland).

Director of the project "The transformation of civil justice in Ibero-America: contents and challenges", convened by the Center for Latin American Studies (CEAL) of the Autonomous University of Madrid. Author of several publications (monographs, collective books, doctrinal articles, papers, communications) in the field of civil process, criminal process and alternative means of conflict resolution.

He belongs to the Bar Association of Madrid, is a member of the Alonso Martínez University Institute of Justice and Litigation, the Ibero-American Institute of Procedural Law and the International Association of Procedural Law. He has made research stays in the universities of Ferrara (Italy), Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo" (Italy), Pantheon -Sorbonne Paris I (France), Royal Complutense College of Harvard, Harvard University (USA).

Francisco Verbic
Lawyer (UNLP, 2001). Master in International Law Studies (NYU - Fulbright Master Scholar). Specialist in Civil Law (UNLP). Specialized in Procedural Law Deepened (UNA).

Ordinary Adjunct Professor by competition, Procedural Law II, Chair III, Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the UNLP. Academic Secretary of the Master in Procedural Law, Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the UNLP and Professor of the subject "Complex Litigation, Collective Processes and Class Actions" in the postgraduate course. Visiting Professor in various postgraduate courses in Argentina and Brazil.

Author of the books "Procesos Colectivos" (Astrea, 2007) and "The Scientific Test in the Judicial Process" (Rubinzal Culzoni, 2009), as well as various works published in magazines and collective works of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru , Colombia, Belgium and Russia. Spanish translator of the book "Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation", American Law Institute, 2010 ("Principles of the Law of Collective Processes", UNAM, 2014).
Delegate Rapporteur of the General Advisory Board of the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires. External Consultant of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA). Trial lawyer.

Silvina Ramírez
An attorney with a law degree and doctorate in Law from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Silvina Ramírez has served as Director of INECIP.

She has engaged in activities, courses and consultancies in NGOs and international cooperation agencies and has worked as a consultant focusing on criminal justice reform, access to justice and the rights of indigenous peoples in public institutions throughout Latin America.

She is an Academic Advisor for the group Legal Access to Land at the Center for Public Policies for Socialism (Gajat/ Ceppas); a member of the INECIP Board of Directors; a founding member of the Association of Indigenous Rights Attorneys; teaches the course “Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights” as part of the International Human Rights Law master’s degree program at the UBA Law School; and teaches “Legal Pluralism” in the master’s degree program in Law at Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires.

Erik Ríos
Chilean. Lawyer of the Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile and Master of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law of the same university. Graduated from the 66th Training Program of the Judicial Academy of Chile. Diploma in Social Management of Neighborhoods of the Department of Sociology of the University of Chile. Training courses for Trainers in Oral Litigation, Levels I and II of the Institute of Comparative Studies in Penal and Social Sciences -INECIP-, Buenos, Argentina.

Course on Evidence in Civil and Criminal Matters before the National Judicial Institute of Canada -NJI-, Victoria, Canada. Course on Design and Planning of Courses Based on Skills for Judges, Lima, Peru, before the National Judicial Institute of Canada -NJI-. Intern at the North Central Metropolitan Regional Prosecutor's Office of Santiago de Chile; from the Drugs Treatment Court and Community Court of Vancouver, Canada; and the Civil Justice System of Hamburg, Lüneberg and Celle, Germany. Member of the drafting team of a preliminary draft of the Unified Procedural Code for Non-Criminal Matters of Ecuador. Pre and postgraduate teacher of Procedural Law, Oral Litigation and Judicial Reforms, in civil and criminal matters, in various countries of the region. He was part of the Process Reforms Program of the Universidad Diego Portales and worked at the Justice Studies Center of the Americas between 2008 and 2013, as a researcher associated with the Area of ​​Studies, Training Assistant and Coordinator of the Training Area.
It has publications and investigations in matters of judicial and prosecutorial management, orality in civil and criminal proceedings, evidence, litigation, resolutions and appeals. He has been an exhibitor in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. He has served as Judge and Secretary in different courts in Chile, such as Parral Guarantee Court, La Serena Warranty Court, Antofagasta Oral Criminal Trial Court, Diego de Almagro Court of Guarantee, Copiapó and Multiple Competence Court of Caldera.

Leticia Lorenzo
Training Coordinator of the Neuquén Judicial Branch (2013-present)

Leticia Lorenzo, of Argentina, is an attorney who graduated from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in 2000 with a focus on criminal law. She speaks English and Spanish. She worked as a Training Coordinator at INECIP from 2011 to 2013 and as JSCA Training Area Coordinator from 2008 to 2011. She also has served as an external consultant for the Vice Presidency of the Republic of Bolivia (2006-2007), consultant for the National Access to Justice Program of Bolivia (2005-2006), Coordinator of the Integrated Justice Center for District 6 El Alto with the Ministry of Justice of Bolivia (2004-June 2005), and a consultant with the Bolivian Criminal Procedure Reform Technical Support Team in the area of regulatory adjustment, institutional reform and training (2001-2004).

She has worked as a Consultant for the Team to Provide Technical Support for Bolivia’s Criminal Procedure Reform in legislative adjustment, institutional reform and training (2001-2004); President of the Center for Research on Justice and Participation (CEJIP, Bolivia, 2003); Coordinator of the INECIP Latin American Program; Assistant in the Paraguayan Public Prosecutor’s Office Strengthening Program; Coordinator of the Comprehensive Professional Support System at INECIP; and a collaborator on information gathering and production of material for the first stage of the Judicial Observatory developed by ICCPG. She has worked as a trainer for JSCA on topics related to criminal procedure reform implementation throughout Latin America and with Peru’s Criminal Procedure Science Institute. She has taught graduate courses at Universidad de Aquin in Bolivia in the criminal procedure law program as well as criminal procedure law at Universidad Técnica de Oruro. Her teaching experience also includes work with Fundación Justicia, Democracia y Solidaridad in Bolivia on litigation techniques and the Bolivian Ministry of Justice Center for Information, Orientation and Citizen Training on topics related to human rights and criminal law.

She is the author of the following publications: Manual de Litigación, Ediciones Didot; Manual de Litigación en Audiencias de Medidas Cautelares, edited by the Ministry of Government of Bolivia with Inter Iuris and the Province of Huelva; La vida cotidiana en las cárceles de Bolivia, study conducted for the Ombudsman of Bolivia, 2003; Las cárceles en Bolivia, Ediciones No Ha Lugar, April 2004; Diagnóstico sobre la Realidad Penitenciaria de Bolivia, Pastoral Penitenciaria de Bolivia, 2001, 2002 and 2003; “Código de Procedimiento Penal y Derechos Humanos” Memoria del Primer Congreso de Derecho Procesal Penal de Oruro, Bolivia, October 2002; and “La justicia penal en América Latina,” Memorias del Encuentro Nacional de la Pastoral Penitenciaria, March 2002.

Elvyn Díaz
Researcher, Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal Science of Guatemala

Elvyn Díaz, of Guatemala, is an attorney with a degree in the Legal and Social Sciences from Universidad de San Carlos. He also completed graduate studies in Criminal Procedure Law at Universidad Rafael Landívar. Díaz served as the private secretary for strategic affairs with the Public Prosecutor’s Office from 2011 to 2014. He has offered presentations at international seminars in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Bolivia, El Salvador, Argentina and South Korea.

Díaz has experience in issues of criminal procedure reform, judicial management, strategic criminal prosecution, reorganization of public prosecutor’s offices, human rights and democratic security. He has worked as a researcher and consultant on issues of criminal justice and democratic security for various international agencies including JSCA, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Washington Office for Latin American Affairs (WOLA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Union (EU)





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