IV Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice 2019
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Places and Date

In Situ Phase 1: August 5-9 (Santiago, Chile) 
Virtual Phase: August 10-November 17 (Cejacampus.org) 
In Situ Phase 2: November 18-22 (Santiago, Chile)

Cost and Registration
US$1,500

Discounts

Stage 1:  Nov 22-Dec 31 - 25% discount
Stage 2: Jan 1-Mar 31 - 20% discount (based on availability)
Stage 3:  April 1-July 14 –no discount (based on availability)

Partial Payments
Partial payments are accepted as long as the last payment is made at least 10 days before the course begins (July 28).

Payments can be made online with WebPay using a credit card once the student is accepted.

The cost covers enrollment and materials only. Each student is responsible for covering their own transportation and lodging expenses.

 

Presentation

Over the past few years, Latin America has gradually begun to change its civil justice systems. Since 1989 when Uruguay enacted its General Procedure Code, and following the Ibero-American Model Civil Procedure Code, several countries have followed this path in order to change various aspects of traditional civil justice systems.

For example, stakeholders began to reach consensus regarding ideas such as replacing the file-based approach with a system focused on hearings with effective presence of oral procedures. In such a system, judges would be expected to consider the evidence in person.

Shared discussions and issues began to coalesce around the characteristics that new reformed civil procedures should have and how to adjust the goals of judicial institutions to meet new citizen demands. Judicial systems could not take such a long time to solve conflicts or fail to provide effective access to justice to large percentages of the population.

All of this has created a need to study these issues from a legal and public policy perspective with a critical and proactive vision in regard to the challenges posed by the judicial reform processes developing in the countries of the region.

The IV Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice in Latin America is part of this process. The course is being organized by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in an effort to support, provide training for, and guide these reform processes.


The program is designed to professionalize the discussions that have emerged around reform processes and to engage in such conversations on the basis of quality information and the tools necessary to adequately implement the changes that will be made.

 

Objetives

The program is designed to professionalize the discussions that have emerged around reform processes and to engage in such conversations on the basis of quality information and the tools necessary to adequately implement the changes that will be made.

The general objective of the Program is to present the fundamental pillars that must be considered when discussing civil justice reform in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also allows for the development of the basic skills necessary to work in this new context.


By the end of the program, students will be capable of holding a discussion about the central elements of civil procedure reform, take a position in the discussion, and formulate arguments to justify it.




Program

Furthermore, they will know and understand the new skills that this civil justice model requires and will develop them. The program combines in situ phases held in Santiago de Chile with a virtual phase offered through CEJACAMPUS using e-learning.


In Situ Phase 1
The first in situ phase will be held August 5-9, 2019 in Santiago de Chile. It will cover the first ten modules of the Inter-American Training Program. The first phase provides information and knowledge that are necessary to be able to discuss the construction of civil justice reform.
The modules are:

  • Module 1: Civil justice reform from a public policy perspective
  • Module 2: Comparative models of civil justice: Civil justice reform in Latin America
  • Module 3: Standards and critical nodes in civil dispute resolution in Latin America
  • Module 4: The right to an oral hearing: Due process and the quality of information
  • Module 5: New trends in civil sentence execution
  • Module 6: Innovation in court management and organization
  • Discussion: The constitutionalization of civil procedure and ESC rights
  • Module 7: Case management
  • Discussion: Challenges in case management in Latin America
  • Module 8: Collective processes and class actions
  • Module 9: The mandatory nature of judicial precedent

Roundtable Discussion: 

  • The role of the judge
  • The democratization of justice and trial by jury
  • Gender and civil justice


This phase also will include visits to Chilean courts.

Virtual Phase
The virtual education platform CEJACAMPUS will be used for this phase of the course, which will run August 10-November 17, 2019.

The virtual course is based on the modules listed below, each of which includes complementary material that allows students to further explore certain topics.

  • Introduction to CEJACAMPUS
  • Module 1. Guidelines for reform
  • Module 2. Oral procedures in civil justice
  • Module 3. Civil sentence execution systems
  • Module 4. Alternative dispute resolution
  • Module 5. Expert witness in civil procedures
  • Module 6. Collective processes
  • Reading period
  • Platform closure

 

In Situ Phase 2 
The second and final in situ phase of the program will take place November 18-22, 2019 in Santiago de Chile. This phase is focused on the development of skills and abilities through learning-by-doing, mainly through mock hearings. The phase is organized into the following modules:

  • Conciliation and mediation techniques
  • Hearing management skills
  • Preliminary hearing litigation
  • Trial litigation

 

 

Requisitos

The Inter-American Program is directed at Latin American attorneys who work in civil judicial system institutions in their countries such as judicial branch officials, attorneys in private practice, members of bar associations or other professional associations or professionals who work in the ministry of justice or in institutions with professional or academic interests such as universities, institutes and NGOs.

Special attention will be given to applications from individuals who demonstrate a strong connection to reform processes in their respective communities and leadership and projection.

The minimum requirements are:

  • An undergraduate or equivalent professional degree in the fields of law, the legal sciences or the social sciences.
  • Completion of the online application outlining the applicant’s personal, professional and academic background (see link on this page).

 

 

 

Faculty

The faculty of the first in situ stage of the IV Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform, which will take place in August 2019 in Santiago de Chile, are listed below:


JSCA’s Executive Director, Jaime Arellano, holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy (MPA) from American University (Washington, D.C.). He will launch the program, addressing civil justice reform from the public policy perspective in an effort to frame the course, present the main topics, and lay the groundwork for the discussions that will follow.


Various aspects of an oral system will be presented by Chilean attorney Felipe Marín. Marín holds a law degree from Universidad Diego Portales, a master’s degree in Legal Institutions from University of Wisconsin and is Associate Professor at the Universidad Diego Portales Law School, where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Oral Civil and Criminal Trial Litigation.


Francisco Verbic and Hermes Zanetti Jr. will cover issues of collective processes and class actions. Verbic holds a law degree from Universidad de La Plata and a master’s degree in International Law from New York University School of Law. Zanetti teaches at Universidad Federal de Espírito Santo (UFES) and serves as a prosecutor in his home state. He will also cover the module on the mandatory nature of judicial precedent.


Civil sentence execution will be taught by JSCA researcher Lorena Espinosa, who holds a law degree from Universidad Diego Portales and is the co-author of the Report on Judicial Management and Oral Procedures in Uruguayan Civil Justice.


Material related to innovations in court management and organization will be handled by Chilean family court judge Gloria Negroni, who participated in these reformed entities early on. She will be accompanied by JSCA researcher Juan José Martínez, an attorney with a degree from Universidad Alberto Hurtado and a certificate in Statistics from Universidad Diego Portales. Martínez is also the co-author of the Report on Judicial Management and Oral Procedures in Uruguayan Civil Justice.

Ramón García, a professor at Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, will teach about topics related to case management.

JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño, an attorney specializing on civil procedure reform, access to justice and alternative dispute resolution, and Training Director Leonel González, Vice President for South America of the International Judicial Training Organization (OIJT, 2017-2019) and a member of the Argentinean Procedure Law Association, will offer a comparative view of civil justice systems in Latin America and the critical standards and nodes in civil dispute resolution in the region. 

The discussion on the constitutionalization of the civil process will be directed by JSCA researcher Matías Sucunza, an attorney who holds a law degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). Sucunza completed specialization courses in Economic Administrative Law at Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), Expanded Procedure Law at Universidad Notarial Argentina (UNA) and is pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights at UNLP. 

There will be a final roundtable discussion focused on the role of the judge, the democratization of justice and trial by jury, and civil justice and gender. This section will be directed by JSCA researcher Laura Cora Bogani, an attorney who holds a degree from Universidad Nacional de La Rioja. She teaches law, clerkship, procurement, legal management and criminal law at the same institution and was part of the implementation of the Sanagasta, La Rioja Justice House.

 

 

 

 

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Juan José Martínez - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Registration Form

Ficha Postulación II Programa Interamericano de Capacitación sobre la Reforma a la Justicia Civil 2

 

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