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June 2, 2019

By Jaime Arellano Quintana
Executive Director, Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA)


The situations of corruption in Latin American justice require that all OAS member states actively guarantee the autonomy, transparency, quality and responsibility of their judicial and criminal prosecution agencies. That guarantee takes the form of respect, protection and promotion of independence and the quality and responsibility of judges and prosecutors.

We believe that the current judicial appointment system in Chile does not favor judges’ independence. Furthermore, the structure of judicial government and the concept and design of the career established for the judiciary also generate obstacles to judicial independence and the quality of justice in the country.

31 de mayo 2019.

The event focused on Civil Procedure Reform organized by ANEJUD Chile was successfully implemented last month. The goal of the initiative was to expose its members to the new legal initiative that is being discussed in Congress.


On May 30, JSCA Research and Projects Director Marco Fandiño participated in the Conference on Awareness of Civil Procedure Reform in Concepción, Chile. His presentation addressed the main challenges faced by the new civil courts, focusing on the adaptation to a system of Multi-door Justice and the new role that administrative teams can play in the active management the process.

May 17, 2019

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) present a new issue of Judicial Systems Journal (No. 22) that is entirely dedicated to gender, sexual diversity and justice. The purpose of the issue is to encourage discussions that promote the creation of judicial systems with a gender perspective in countries throughout the region.

Given the seriousness and scale of the violence that is produced through crimes such as femicide and travesticide and other homophobic, lesbophobic and/or transphobic hate crimes, we understand that gender issues must recognize a diversity of identities cannot be reduced to the masculine-feminine binary.

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.

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