Santiago, October 30, 2018

Twenty experts from various fields and organizations, including universities, government agencies and the Judicial Branch, attended the #JusticiaIntegral workshop series entitled “Thinking about the Incorporation of Collaborative Mechanisms in the Civil Justice of the Future.” The series is being organized by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) Law School, and the Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH) Law School with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

The purpose of the effort is to allow participants to discuss and analyze the premises, design and scope of the inclusion of various mechanisms that complement the judicial process –such as the integration of mediation as a dispute resolution channel- in the Civil Procedure Reform. Discussion of the reform will be reactivated in Congress over the next few months.

The first workshop was held on Wednesday, October 24 and featured an assessment of civil conflict in Chile. Presentations were offered by Supreme Court Research Director Alejandro Soto and UDP Professor Ricardo Lillo.

Jaime Arellano, JSCA’s Executive Director, inaugurated the series and the panel was moderated by JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño.

Fandiño explained, “JSCA is executing a six-year project implemented by the Canadian government that is meant to support civil justice reforms throughout Latin America. We believe that Chile has a historic opportunity to introduce a more comprehensive model and paradigm of justice.”

UDP Professor Macarena Vargas stated that the goal of the workshops is to “take a step further and think outside the box. We have to determine what civil justice with different mechanisms that complement judicial procedure will look like.”

“UAH, UDP and JSCA have been thinking about generating this space, and we worked together to come up with something that would take us in a different direction so that we don’t feel like we’re having the same old discussion,” remarked UAH Professor Rosa María Olave.

The second workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 7 and will feature reflections on the adjustment and adequacy of collaborative mechanisms in function of the specific characteristics of different types of civil disputes. Professor Vargas will moderate and presentations will be offered by UAH Professor Rosa María Olave and JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño.

On Tuesday, November 20, the final workshop will focus on the contents of a possible regulation to guarantee integrated performance of collaborative mechanisms and the judicial process with presentations by Macarena Vargas and Marco Fandiño. Rosa María Olave will serve as moderator.