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June 18, 2019


By Leonel González Postigo
Director of Training, JSCA

The election of Brazil’s next prosecutor general is an extremely important decision for the country’s democratic system. He or she will be responsible for managing an institution that plays a central role in fighting impunity in Brazil.


As such, we believe that it is necessary to clarify the responsibilities of the Prosecutor General of the Republic (PGR) in the context of his or her work in the Brazilian criminal justice system, particularly on the 30th anniversary of the Constitution of 1988, which regulates it.


The main responsibility of the PGR is to promote criminal procedure, which means setting the political-criminal criteria that govern the work of the entire institution.

Santiago,  June 17, 2019


To the Editor:

The government has announced that it will return to the discussion of civil procedure reform. President Piñera mentioned this as part of his Public Account, and the press have reported on several key aspects of the proposal such as the inclusion of mediation.

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.

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