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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.

October 8, 2018

In the context of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which is financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) is inviting interested parties to participate in the second edition of research internships at Osgoode Law School (University of York, Toronto, Canada). The program will run from Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 15, 2019. A total of two interns will be selected.

Santiago de Chile, October 2, 2018

The Supreme Court of Chile and Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) are organizing the international seminar “Judicial Government in Latin America.” The event, which is sponsored by the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPFL) and financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), will take place on Wednesday, October 17 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Santiago Court Building (Multipurpose Room, Compañía 1140).

The seminar will include the presentation of the book Judicial Government: Independence and Strengthening of the Judicial Branch in Latin America, which was edited by Alberto Binder and Leonel González. This regional study on the situation of judicial government in Latin America contains five local reports on Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Paraguay.



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