The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) is an international agency of the Inter-American system with technical and operational autonomy. Its mission is to support justice system reform and modernization processes in the Americas. It is headquartered in Santiago de Chile, and its members are the active member states of the Organization of American States (OAS).
JSCA provides technical assistance to governments, judicial branches and other stakeholders of regional justice systems, conducts studies and offers specialized training programs to judges, prosecutors, public defenders, litigators and policymakers.
JSCA was created on November 15, 1999 by resolution of the OAS General Assembly. The foreign ministries of the member states thus complied with the II Americas Summit Plan of Action (1998) and the recommendations of the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA).
The Center is comprised of a Board of Directors and Executive Leadership. The Board has seven members who are appointed by the OAS General Assembly. Candidates are chosen from the list proposed by the member states.
The JSCA Board of Directors appoints the Executive Director, who is responsible for managing the Center. The Board is responsible for establishing general policy guidelines, supervising the work of the Executive Leadership, approving annual plans of action and the associated budget along with annual reports, and overseeing the achievement of objectives and goals.
JSCA’s three key goals are:
1. To undertake in-depth studies of justice systems and develop innovative approaches in the discussion of judicial reforms;
2. To promote cooperation and the exchange of experiences among key justice system stakeholders at the regional level;
3. To generate and disseminate tools that improve the quality of the information available about justice in the Americas.
Its main areas of interest are:
- Criminal justice reform
- Civil justice reform
- Judicial government
- Institutional management
- Access to justice
- Collaborative dispute resolution methods
- At-risk groups
- Gender and justice
- Transparency and information and communications technologies
- Advising and consulting services to countries of the Americas and justice system entities for the design, implementation and monitoring of justice reforms
- In situ and virtual training programs
- A Virtual Library that can be accessed free of charge. The library contains specialized publications on justice reform, judicial management, access to justice, alternatives to judicial proceedings, information technologies and transparency, and other topics.
- Specialized documentation in various formats (texts, podcasts, webinars)
- Pro bono internships at JSCA’s headquarters
JSCA Social Media
Press contact: | +56 2 2889 3500
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