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JSCA and INECIP invite NGOs from the region to join the Network and contribute to upcoming editions of the newsletter. Interested parties may submit news pieces to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 24, 2017

NGOs in the region that work on topics linked to justice now have a virtual newsletter in which to share information on reforms in their countries, their activities and ongoing projects. The goal of the newsletter is to provide a regular space in which to share information on justice in the countries of the region that may be of use for day to day work in this field. The initiative is the first outcome of the relaunch of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Democratization of Justice, which was created during the international meeting “The Civil Society Agenda in Judicial Reform Processes in Latin America,” which JSCA organized last October.

The meeting was attended by representatives of civil society from 14 countries in the region –Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Paraguay- who analyzed the role that they have played in judicial reforms over the past few years as well as future challenges. Their reflections led to the decision to relaunch this Network –which was created in the 1990s but had disbanded- in order to restore the connections among NGOs that have worked on criminal and civil justice, access to justice or other topics that affect the operation of these systems. 

The Justice Network is an initiative of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP). Its newsletter seeks to encourage members’ active participation in order to increase knowledge and nurture the discussion of ways of improving access to justice in the region. JSCA and INECIP invite NGOs to contribute to the publication by sending information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The first issue of the newsletter consists of seven sections: News, Civil Justice Reforms, Criminal Justice Reforms, Publications, Doctrine, Calendar and Ongoing Research. The topics addressed include possible criminal procedure reform in Bolivia, a study on protective measures in Bolivia, comprehensive reforms in Paraguay and Argentina’s experience with trial by jury.

Network members include: JSCA; INECIP; the Due Process of Law Foundation; Argentina’s Civil Association for Equality and Justice; United for Justice (Argentina); Organization of United Users and Consumers (Argentina); Fundación Construir (Bolivia); the Brazilian Criminal Procedure Law Institute; the Brazilian Institute for the Defense of the Right to Defense; the Bahian Criminal Procedure Law Institute; the Latin American Institute for Studies on Law, Politics and Democracy in Brazil; Fórum Justiça de Brasil; Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro; Pontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro; the UFRJ Law School; Programa Justiça Sem Muros do Instituto Terra, Trabalho e Cidadania de Brasil; Fundación Paz Ciudadana of Chile; Chile’s Center for Studies on Citizen Security, Colombia’s Corporation for Excellence in Justice; Cuba’s National Organization of Law Offices; Universidad de la Habana de Cuba; El Salvador’s Foundation for Research on the Application of Law, the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal Sciences of Guatemala; the Association of Judges and Magistrates of Honduras; the Center for Research for Development of Mexico, the Center for Judicial Studies of Paraguay; the Institute for Criminal Procedure Science of Peru; the Foundation for Institutional Structure and Justice (Dominican Republic); and Access to Justice (Venezuela).

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