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Santiago, May 17, 2019

International Day against Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity offers an opportunity to remember the importance of including the gender perspective in judicial proceedings. Andrés Rivera Duarte, an international consultant on human rights and gender identity, offers the following message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ645PeHqB4

During the IV Training Program for Judges organized by JSCA, Rivera Duarte emphasized the importance of understanding concepts related to gender identity and sexual orientation, the human rights of members of the LGBTIQ+ community, protocols for justice officials in cases involving sexual orientation or gender identity, and the need to judge cases from a perspective of gender and sexual orientation. “Ruling with a gender perspective means respecting the human being, respecting their essence, respecting their dignity,” the specialist explained.

The IBDP organized the VI Civil Procedure Conference: Women in Civil Procedure with the support of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA). The conference featured 37 female panelists who specialize in civil procedure and focused on challenges and problems associated with the application of civil procedure. The Honorable Maria Nieto presented a project developed by JSCA and the Chubut Civil Procedure Reform Commission (Argentina) and outlined the progress that has been made on the Civil Procedure Code, which is pending approval. She highlighted the gender perspective implemented in the development of the Code, the way it simplifies the process so that it is accessible to all and the efforts made to guarantee access to justice. Nieto also discussed the points that the architects of the reform wanted to implement and which were discussed during the conference, increasing the information that will be considered by the Commission.

April 25, 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Mexico City Superior Court signed a cooperation agreement focused on introducing oral litigation and hearing management techniques for judges in the Federal District’s oral civil and commercial courts.

JSCA’s nearly 20 years of experience has shown that reforms must be accompanied by significant efforts to introduce the practices required to support the new model or system. One of the fundamental elements of truly successful reforms is the implementation of training programs for the professionals who will work in the new system.

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Universidad Diego Portales Law School (UDP) have organized the National Procedure Law Seedbed Competition since 2016. The initiative allows undergraduate students from Chilean universities to analyze, critique and propose approaches to addressing the relationship between the right to due process and non-criminal procedure reforms under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

This year the fourth version of the competition, which was inspired by the International Seedbed Competition held by the Colombian Procedure Law Institute (ICDP), will focus on “The Justice System and the Gender Perspective.”

 

Santiago, April 17 2019.

Argentina is experiencing an important judicial reform movement that is manifested at the national and provincial levels and in the areas of criminal, civil, labor and family law. There are enormous challenges ahead, such as the implementation of the Federal Criminal Procedure Code approved in 2014 and the development of a new national Civil and Commercial Procedure Code. 


Argentina’s provinces continue to be leaders in the reform processes, having introduced adversarial criminal procedure systems throughout most of the country. They also have implemented the use of civil oral procedures through pilot projects (many of them conducted with the support of the National Ministry of Justice and Human Rights) or provincial procedure reforms, as is the case in Mendoza.

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