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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.

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.

Santiago, October 19, 2018


As part of the implementation of its Gender Equality Policy, the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) included the module “Raising awareness for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in criminal court.” The material was presented by Andrés Rivera Duarte, an international consultant who specializes in human rights and gender identity, at the IV Training Program for Judges that was held this week in Santiago, Chile. [WATCH VIDEO]


The intensive five-day course is offered to judges who hear criminal cases in Latin America so that they can develop theoretical, analytical and practical skills in order to improve their performance in hearing management.


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