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San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 28, 2017 


The Center’s representatives met with Law School Deans, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Secretary of the Justice Department. The visit also included visits to civil and criminal courts and discussions with the judges who work there and meetings with private organizations that work on access to justice.

JSCA sent a team consisting of Executive Director Jaime Arellano, Training Area Coordinator Leonel González and Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño to Puerto Rico from March 27 through March 30 in order to learn more about its justice system and assess support that the Center might be able to provide for modernization processes.

March 24, 2017 


Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas, JSCA, signed a cooperation agreement in San Juan to launch joint support and exchange activities. One initial result of this alliance will be a study on the application of the rules of evidence in civil justice in Puerto Rico, which is a topic that it has developed for over four decades.  

JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano, Training Area Coordinator Leonel González and Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño traveled to Puerto Rico’s capital in order to carry out this work. 

La Rioja, March 23, 2017


JSCA’s team presented a preliminary study on the situation of civil and commercial justice in Argentina’s La Rioja province to representatives of its justice system institutions. The study was presented by JSCA Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño along with the project’s coordinator, Argentine academic Francisco Verbic. The presentation also featured Hugo Montivero, Prosecutor General; Azucena Sánchez, Public Defender General; and Alejandra Manzano of the Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences, INECIP.

The objective of the study is to promote the discussion of possible civil and commercial justice reform proposals in the province. Verbic coordinated a research project that included interviews with justice system operators, attorneys, judges, judicial officials and former first instance and chamber judges; the analysis of case files and documents; and reviews of other information sources.

March 15, 2017

Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms is the main topic of Issue No. 20 of Judicial Systems Journal, a publication that is generated jointly by JSCA and Argentina’s Institute for Comparative Studies in the Criminal and Social Sciences, INECIP.

INECIP’s Andrés Harfuch authored the prologue to the publication, dedicating it to Professor David “Tute” Baigún, who died in October 2015. Baigún was a criminal justice specialist, academic and researcher as well as one of the founders and directors of INECIP. Harfuch described him as a “legendary professor, researcher, academic and one of the country’s great criminal justice experts. But above anything else, he was an unyielding force in the fight against financial crimes and human rights violations.”

The recently released issue “presents various initiatives and practical experiences from our region designed to promote access to justice and implement consensual dispute resolution mechanisms,” states JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano, in the introduction.

Santiago, March 10, 2017 


The Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH) Law School and JSCA are developing a practical guide oriented towards providing theoretical and practical tools for resolving disputes within local organizations such as neighborhood and grassroots groups. In order to launch the socialization of the document and validate some of the practical exercises that it will contain, the first working session was held for UAH Law School representatives, JSCA team members, local leaders and representatives of social groups from Santiago.  

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