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May 8, 2017

This research is based on the study on best practices in the training of judges and prosecutors published by the European Judicial Academies Network in 2014. The findings identified three levels of practices in European Union (EU) judicial academies: promising practices (experimental and with potential but little empirical information), good practices (effective and with a degree of impact measurement and some potential for replicability) and best practices (those with the highest level of effectiveness). The European study compiled 147 practices from 23 judicial academies, which allowed it to cross-reference the data, foster inter-institutional cooperation in the region, and encourage the development of recommendations based on the study.

May 3, 2017

The objective of the publication is to begin to build a Latin American acquis in this area, contributing to the discussion of what may be a future agenda of work on the right to access to justice.

JSCA and the German Cooperation Agency for Development (GIZ) presented a publication that contains ten studies developed by teams in eight Latin American nations. The collection contributes to the discussion of the right to access to justice in Latin America and the creation of a Latin American acquis on this topic.

April 26, 2017

“Challenging the Inquisition: Ideas and Proposals for Criminal Procedure Reform in Brazil” is the title of a new Portuguese-language publication that presents reflections written by law professionals on aspects to be considered and discussed for criminal procedure reform in Brazil, the only Latin American nation that maintains an inquisitorial criminal justice system.

In the book’s introduction, JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano explains that Brazil’s bill for a new criminal procedure code has been under consideration by Congress since 2009. “Many of the changes that have been made in the area of criminal justice thus far are specific and reinforce inquisitorial and repressive aspects of the current system. This makes the criminal procedure code archaic and out of step with the democratic constitutional tenets of the Political Charter of 1988.”

April 21, 2017

The Justice Studies Center of the Americas, JSCA, has launched a series of activities in Brazil in order to strengthen and deepen ties and promote and expand the discussion of the need for a criminal procedure reform in that nation. Brazil’s current Criminal Procedure Code has been in place since 1941. It is the only Latin American nation that has an inquisitorial criminal justice system rather than an adversarial one.

JSCA’s schedule for 2017 includes a Brazilian Program on Criminal Procedure Reform which will include a regional phase and an international phase. The former will consist of training programs in the states of Bahía and Río Grande del Sur. The latter will be conducted in Santiago de Chile. In addition, the Center will publish a collection of reflections and proposals by Brazilian criminal procedure reform experts.


Washington, April 21, 2017

JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano presented the 2016 Annual Report, 2017 Plan of Action and 2017-2021 Strategic Plan to the Commission on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) of the OAS at the institution’s Washington headquarters.

Following the presentation, which was attended by Commission President and former Ambassador of Canada Jennifer May Loten and OAS delegations, the CAJP congratulated Arellano and his team on their work.


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