The Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) met in Santiago de Chile on November 15, 2013. The following members were in attendance: Marc Rosenberg (President), Ernesto Pazmiño (Vice President), Santiago Pereira, Pedro B. Dallari, Douglas Cassel and Manuel Montecinos. By virtue of Article 13 of its Statutes and Articles 18 and 19 of its Regulations, the Board hereby resolves:
- To acknowledge Board members Cassel and Montecinos and congratulate them on their incorporation into the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas.
- To approve the presentation offered by Executive Director Cristián Riego, thank him for his work and congratulate him on the Activities Report and Financial Report.
- To approve the draft versions of the Plan of Action and Budget for 2014, agreeing that the financial scenarios for JSCA shall be submitted to the new Executive Director. The Board unanimously manifests its approval of the information outlined by the Executive Directorship in order to ensure the sustainability of the components of JSCA’s Strategic Plan.
- To ratify the international cooperation and collaboration agreements presented by the Board Secretary.
- To request that the Board Secretary take all steps necessary to facilitate the transition and installation of the Center’s new Executive Director.
- To agree to hold the next meeting of the Board of Directors in 2014. The Secretary is hereby asked to explore possible dates for this purpose and submit the ideal one to the Board. The meeting may be held via teleconference.
Santiago de Chile on November 15, 2013. The meeting was attended by members Marc Rosenberg (President), Ernesto Pazmiño (Vice President), Santiago Pereira, Pedro Dallari, Douglas Cassel and Manuel Montecino. By virtue of Articles 12 a and 13 of its Statutes and Articles 18 and 19 of its Regulations, the Board hereby resolves with the abstention of Board Member Pazmiño:
- To appoint attorney Jaime Arellano Quintana Executive Director of JSCA as per the procedure agreed to by this Board. Special consideration was given to the recommendation made by the Pre-Selection Committee, which was composed of Board members Rosenberg (Canada) and Pazmiño (Ecuador). The appointment is based on the merit of the candidate’s qualifications, as summarized below: 1.1 Mr. Arellano has broad experience in the work of judicial public policy at different levels and in all branches of government. 1.2 As a result of this experience, Mr. Arellano enjoys prestige and is seen as a leader, which is a key asset for strengthening the Center’s efforts to position itself and increase its visibility in the region. 1.3 The candidate exhibits valuable knowledge of the reality of other legal systems, which is consistent with the objective set out in JSCA’s statutes in regard to promoting exchanges between continental and common law judicial systems. 1.4 The candidate has demonstrated that he possesses administrative, management and fundraising skills as well as prestige in and familiarity with the international community, all of which will allow him to take up the financial sustainability challenges that JSCA must address in the future. 1.5 Mr. Arellano stated that one of his main goals is to strengthen JSCA’s policies of internationalization, positioning and leadership in the region as well as the role that the institution’s Board of Directors should play in this process. The selection criteria set by this Board were oriented towards choosing the best candidate regardless of factors other than his or her merits, such as nationality, background or country of residence. It was found that Mr. Arellano’s qualifications were ideal for successfully addressing the challenges that JSCA is facing in regard to its new institutional cycle, regional positioning and financial sustainability needs.
- Furthermore, the Board agreed to recommend that an Academic Director be appointed in order to increase the international diversity of JSCA’s leadership team. This measure will be taken in coordination with the Board President and Vice President. The financial and institutional timing of this process will be coordinated with the transition and installment of the new Executive Directorship.