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November 30, 2018


The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized the first stage of the Litigation Program for Argentina’s Federal Procedure Reform in Salta. The program ran November 26 through November 29.


The program faculty included Ximena Chong, the Assistant Chief Prosecutor in the High Complexity Crimes Office for the Center-North Metropolitan Region Prosecutor’s Office; Andrea Quintero, an attorney from the Research Unit in the Metropolitan North Regional Public Defender’s Office; and the Honorable Verónica Sepúlveda, who serves on the 13th Guarantee Court of Santiago de Chile. The training team also included JSCA researchers Laura Cora and Juan José Martínez.

November 16, 2018

The Justice Studies  Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Fundación Konrad Adenaur (KAS) Rule of Law for Latin America Program presented the publication “Adversarial Criminal Justice in Latin America: Towards Management of Conflict and the Strength of Law” in Panama City. The Spanish-language book contains 19 country reports which cover Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Venezuela, among others. Follow this link to download the publication.

Over the past 25 years, a great deal of progress has been made on the implementation of the adversarial system, but a set of remaining problems require a new approach and intervention strategies..

Panama City, November 14, 2018


The Judicial Branch of Panama, the Rule of Law for Latin America Program at Fundación Konrad Adenauer and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) organized the international seminar “Overview of Judicial Reform in Latin America.” The event, which is to be held November 14-16, 2018 in Panama City, was financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and sponsored by the Colombia-Panama Procedure Law Institute (Instituto Colombo Panameño de Derecho Procesal, ICPDP), Panama’s Public Prosecutor’s Office and ISJUP-UNDP.


The inaugural panel was composed of Panama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Hernán de León; the Ambassador of Canada to Panama, Lilly Nicholls; the Secretary General of the Attorney General’s Office of Panama, Rolando Rodríguez; the Director of the Rule of Law for Latin America Program at Fundación Konrad Adenauer, Marie-Christine Fuchs; JSCA Board of Directors President Manuel Montecino; and JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano.

Santiago de Chile, November 13, 2018

The purpose of the bidding process is to obtain proposals and select the best firm to perform an external audit of the Center’s financial statements and to produce auditing reports for ongoing projects as required for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Santiago, November 7, 2018


Over the past ten years, numerous Latin American countries have undertaken civil justice reforms designed to implement a hearing-based system, among other aspects. One fundamental challenge for the success of these reforms is the modification of the organization of courts, moving away from pyramid court models that date back to Colonial times and towards more horizontal courts in which jurisdictional and administrative functions are separate.


In this context, JSCA presents the publication Judicial Management in New Civil Courts (in Spanish), directed by Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño and coordinated by JSCA Research Attorney Paula R. Ballesteros. The project was financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).


The publication begins with an introduction by JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano and a proposal for “Guidelines for Transforming Civil Courts Based on New Procedural Paradigms” by JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño.

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