2016 - ISSN 0718-3593

We are pleased to present the first Nexus Newsletter of 2016, which contains information on the final activities of an intense 2015 and the first from this quarter.

Last year brought a flurry of activities that included to travel to Mexico to support the criminal justice system reform process; Colombia to highlight alternative mechanisms; to Costa Rica to restart our judicial management seminars; to Guatemala for the launch the First Central American Certificate Program; to the United States in order to continue the Judicial Reform Program; and elsewhere in the region, promoting training programs, consultancies, and the presence of JSCA as an agency that supports justice modernization processes.

During the second half of 2015, we formally launched the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America.” Over the next six years (2015-2021), the project –which is co-financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) - will allow us to promote civil justice reform (CJR) and more and better access to justice for all of the region’s inhabitants. It is a challenge that we assumed with renewed energies and the resolve to contribute our comprehensive view of justice public policies as well as the experience of the successes and errors identified in criminal justice modernization processes.

JSCA Launches Project to Support Civil Justice Reforms in the Region with an International Seminar

The international seminar “New Challenges to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which was held December 2-4 in Viña del Mar, Chile, served as the launch of the six-year project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which the international agency is implementing with the technical and financial support of Global Affairs Canada.
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JSCA Team Visits Argentina

A team of JSCA staff including its Executive Director, Jaime Arellano; the Vice President of the Board of Directors, Santiago Pereira; Training Area Coordinator Leonel González; and Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño visited the Argentine cities of Buenos Aires and Santa Rosa (La Pampa province) in February and took part in many activities.
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First Certificate Program in Oral Litigation Begins in Washington

The First Oral Litigation Certificate Program offered by JSCA, the American University Washington College of Law (WCL), and Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH) of Chile has begun in Washington, D.C. The first cohort consists of 28 students from Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.
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JSCA Launches Competition to Gather Successful Experiences with Innovation in Civil Justice

JSCA recently launched a competition for reporting successful experiences related to civil justice reform processes in the Americas, calling on interested parties to submit research proposals by Thursday, March 31.
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UDP Law School and JSCA Launch First National Procedure Law Incubator Competition

JSCA and Chile’s Universidad Diego Portales announce that they will be launching the first Procedure Law Incubator competition with the collaboration of the publishing company Thomson Reuters. The competition is directed at Chilean law school students, who are invited to form research teams to analyze, critique, and propose approaches to the relationship between the right to due process and non-criminal procedure reforms.
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OAS Facilitators Program Reinforces Access to Justice

In Central America, Argentina, and Paraguay there are groups of over 11,000 volunteers who support efforts to resolve everyday disputes which –if they were not resolved- could be brought before the courts or intensify. They are judicial facilitators, groups created by the Organization of American States (OAS) in order to contribute to democratic governance by preventing crime, improving levels of access to justice, and reducing poverty through a mechanism of participation for exercising citizenship.
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JSCA Staff Members Visit Colombia and Ecuador

A group of JSCA staff members led by Executive Director Jaime Arellano visited the cities of Bogotá and Quito during the first week of March. They attended various meetings focused on JSCA support for the implementation of new civil procedure systems in both countries.
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JSCA Officials Offer Lecture at II Civil Justice Procedure Reform Conference in Tucumán

JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano and Uruguayan professor Santiago Pereira, the Vice President of the organization’s Board of Directors, spoke before an audience of over 350 people at the II Conference on Civil Justice Procedure Reform. The event was organized by the Supreme Court of Tucumán.
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Activities in Bolivia

Training Area Coordinator Leonel González and Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño participated in the II Conference on the New Civil Procedure in the city of Santa Cruz. The event was organized by the Santa Cruz Bar Association and the Bolivian Academy of Judicial Studies.
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Series of Colloquia on Collaborative Justice Resolution

In order to generate spaces for dialogue among key stakeholders in the academic, judicial, public, and private spheres on collaborative dispute resolution, a series of colloquia on progress and challenges in this area was held during the second half of 2015. The last meeting of the cycle, which was organized by JSCA and the Universidad Alberto Hurtado Law School Program on Dispute Management and Resolution was attended by then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Sergio Muñoz Gajardo.
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Alternative Dispute Resolution Experiences Analyzed in Colombia

The International Seminar on Alternative Mechanisms to Judicial Process was organized by JSCA in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Law of Colombia and with the sponsorship of the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), the Corporation for Excellence in Justice (CEJ) and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce. The Bogotá Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was attended by experts from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Canada, and Colombia.
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JSCA Gathers International Judicial Management Experiences in the Region at International Seminar

JSCA held a two-day meeting with representatives from Costa Rica, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador in order to share successes and errors in judicial management in the region. The “International Seminar on Judicial Management: Chilean, Mexican, and Latin American Experiences of Innovation” was held in San José, Costa Rica with the support of that country’s judicial branch and with financing from the Chile-Mexico Cooperation Fund.
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