Program Innovation in the U.S. Justice System
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In-person training program in New York City aimed at Latin American lawyers, judges, prosecutors, defenders and litigants, with the objective of developing theoretical, analytical and practical skills to understand the new challenges in the Justice in the region. We work in the form of expository classes and practical workshops, with a series of institutional visits as described in more detail below.

Place and date: July 24-28, 2017, in New York City, United States


The cost is US $ 1500 US dollars.

First stage of application US $ 1,250.- From December 22 to February 20, 2017
Second stage of application US $ 1,500.- From February 20 to March 27, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017



The experience of the Anglo Saxon judicial system has been very enriching for criminal procedure reform processes in Latin America. Civil justice has been incorporated into this complex process of change in the context of which the progress of North American models, which have used oral procedures and litigation for many years, has been closely observed.

In this context of change in civil and criminal justice, there is a need to create a space for shared training that allows participants to acquire empirical knowledge of the innovations that have been developed in the U.S. system that may serve as a starting point for rethinking the direction of the procedure reforms of countries in Latin America.

The purpose of this program is not to extrapolate institutions or figures from the U.S. system. Instead, the goal is to present recent advances and incorporate new discussions and courses of action that contribute to the definition and strengthening of regional reform processes.


General Objective

The goal of the program is for participants to acquire knowledge about innovative experiences in criminal and civil justice in the United States that allows them to promote innovative approaches and practices for the resolution of specific problems with the implementation and operation of civil and criminal justice reforms in their home countries.

Specific Objectives

When they complete the program, the participants:

  • Will have engaged in a general assessment of civil and criminal justice in the United States, especially its main characteristics and current challenges.
  • Will have reviewed current trends in judicial reform in the United States.
  • Will have identified noteworthy and innovative experiences that can enrich the discussion of civil and criminal justice reform practices in Latin America.
  • Will have critically analyzed Latin American reform processes and reflected on the need to incorporate new courses of action based on the U.S. experience.


The program will be organized around two major methodological axes. First, the nucleus of the program will be visits to civil and criminal justice institutions so that participants can learn about their current operation, main problems and innovation projects that have been implemented. Second, lectures or classes will be offered in order to connect U.S. experiences to the situation in Latin America. Both methodological strategies will be guided by the need to incorporate new courses of action into judicial reform processes in Latin America.


The program is directed at attorneys from Latin America who work in civil and criminal justice system institutions (Judicial Branch, public prosecutor’s office, public defender’s office, private law firms, the Executive Branch, police agencies, bar associations, etc.) or whose professional or academic interests are related to the development of the same (universities, institutes, NGOs, etc.). Applicants who demonstrate a strong connection to reform processes in their home communities and those who have shown leadership and promise will be given special consideration.

The minimum requirements are described below:

  • All successful applicants will hold an undergraduate degree or professional degree equivalent to an undergraduate degree (licenciado) in the area of Law or the Legal or Social Sciences.
  • Applicants must complete the online application, which will allow them to present their personal information, professional experience and academic credentials. In order to do so, they must access the link contained on this page.
  • All applicants must have intermediate or high level English skills because the program will include both classes in Spanish and visits to institutions that will be conducted in English.


  • Overview of the justice system in the U.S. and Latin America
    Strategic and community criminal prosecution in the public prosecutor’s office
    Pretrial services: generating data and supervising protective measures
    Community courts and access to justice: new approaches to judicial organization
    Social reinsertion services: transitioning from prison life to the life of a responsible citizen


Day 1


Module 1: General Overview of the U.S. Justice System

Module 2: Why is the U.S. Experience Helpful for Latin America?



Module 3: Observation of Arraignments at Criminal Court

Module 4: Visit to Pretrial Supervised Release

Day 2



Module 5-a: Jail Reduction and Pretrial Reforms in the U.S.

Module 5-b: Risk-Need Responsivity Theory and the Science behind Risk Assessment

Module 6: Access to Justice in Latin America



Module 7: Visit to Crown Heigths Community Mediation Center

Day 3



Module 8: Community Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration.
Visit to Red Hook Community Justice Center

Module 9: Public Prosecutor’s Office in Latin America


Free afternoon

Day 4



Module 10: Community Justice and Reentry Programs
Visit to Harlem Community Justice Center



Module 11: Intelligence-Driven Prosecution and Community Prosecution
Visit to Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Day 5



Module 12: Procedural Justice

Final Module: New trends and challenges in justice in the United States and Latin America



Free afternoon


The cost of the program is US$1,500 (one thousand five hundred U.S. dollars) per participant. This amount only includes enrollment, participation in the program and materials.

Transportation, lodging and daily expenses are not included in the tuition fee. Each participant must cover those expenses.

Note: The program organizers will provide the individuals who are accepted to take part in the program with payment instructions. If an applicant pays the fee and later decides not to participate, the funds will not be refunded to them.

Registration and payment deadline:
Monday, March 27, 2017


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