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Trial by jury and strengthening democracy

The Director of Research and Projects of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), Marco Fandiño, discussed some of the misconceptions about trial by jury that have circulated in the region over the years in a column published in La Tercera. Fandiño stated, “Latin American juries have a unique history that is related to the processes of independence and decolonization.” He added, “The evidence…

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JSCA’s Executive Director addresses the key points of civil justice reform in Chile in Revista El Mercurio Legal

In an extensive report published in Revista El Mercurio Legal (a publication of Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper) on the Chilean government’s decision to revisit legislative discussion about civil justice reform, JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano outlined the elements that the Center has identified as essential for moving forward with the modernization of this system and guaranteeing effective access to the public. He stated that the…

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Applications are now being accepted for the V and VI National Undergraduate Student Competition “Procedure Law Seedbeds”

Interested students may register through June 15. Applications are now being accepted from Chilean law students who wish to participate in the V and VI National Competition “Procedure Law Seedbeds.” The initiative is organized by the Universidad Diego Portales Law School Procedure Law Department (Chile), the Chilean Procedure Law Researchers Network and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (CEJA). The entities are organizing both…

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JSCA Executive Director: “Electronic processing does not mean digitizing paper files.”

At the XI Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers and Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), JSCA Executive Director Jaime Arellano called on member states to energetically work on and develop the components that the region’s justice systems need to guarantee effective access to it to all individuals and noted that digitalization will play a key role in that process. According to the…

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JSCA reiterates the importance of equal access to justice for LGBTIQ+ individuals

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is held each year on May 17 to mark the World Health Organization (WHO) decision to eliminate homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.  Over 30 years after this landmark decision was made, LGBTIQ+ people continue to be the victims of discrimination and violence in various spaces and spheres of daily life. The justice system is not removed…