The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) presents its schedule of training programs and courses for the second half of 2022.
The main purpose of these programs and courses is to give the legal community and the general public access to high-quality, innovative, ground-breaking content on justice in the region that they can use without traveling. We can adjust the schedules, module analysis, assessments and extra activities included in each course based on the participants’ availability.
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Program on Gender and Justice
This program offers a comprehensive overview of a series of key conceptual aspects of the application of the gender perspective in justice systems. It also explores the practical skills necessary to apply the gender perspective when receiving reports and conducting prosecutorial and police investigations of cases of gender-based violence.
The program is comprised of two virtual courses. Students may complete either or both of them.
Description and content: The situation of women in Latin America and the broad theoretical development that the gender perspective has undergone over the past decade reveal the need to incorporate them into daily justice-related practices.
This course covers key concepts related to the incorporation of the gender approach in the field of justice. The goal is for each student to acquire basic skills that they can use to apply the gender perspective in judicial proceedings.
The course consists of four modules:
- (1) Feminism and Genders: Theories, Concepts, and Critiques;
- (2) Justice and Gender;
- (3) Gender and Civil Justice;
- (4) Gender and Criminal Law.
Effort: Each module takes approximately 12 hours to complete, including time spent in the virtual classroom and fora and on readings.
Dates: July 18-September 9
Registration deadline: July 1
Cost: US$ 120
The following discounts will be offered to entities with multiple students enrolled in both courses:
- 10-20 students 20% discount
- 20-40 students 30% discount
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Civil Justice Reform Program (Virtual Inter-American Program on Civil Justice)
The goal of this course is to expand the study of civil justice reform from a legal and public policy perspective using a critical and proactive vision of the technical and management challenges posed by the judicial reform processes that various countries in the region are currently implementing.
Latin America is gradually changing its civil justice systems. Several countries have followed this path since 1989, when Uruguay’s General Procedure Code was implemented and based on the influence of the Model Civil Procedure Code for Ibero-America. Their goal is to transform traditional civil justice systems, changing various aspects of them. Technical consensuses are being developed around how to leave the traditional logic of the written file behind and move towards a system of oral hearings in which the judge evaluates the evidence based on their experience of it.
JSCA has organized the issues and discussions taking place across the region in regard to what these new reformed civil proceedings should look like and how to adjust judicial institutions’ objectives to align with citizens’ new demands given that justice reforms should look to solve disputes quickly and generate effective access to justice for high percentages of the population.
The Inter-American Program on Civil Justice is organized into three phases: (1) The first phase, which is virtual, addresses the conceptual nodes for building a civil reform model; (2) The second, also virtual, offers tools and techniques for oral litigation and hearing management in oral civil proceedings; and (3) The third, which is offered in-person, offers participants an opportunity to learn about the operation of Chile’s justice system. (See the Research Visit Program: Innovative practices for modernizing justice in Chile.)
This course covers concepts related to the construction of a civil justice reform process from the public policy sphere and in regard to the operation of civil justice.
The course is comprised of seven asynchronous virtual modules:
- Module 1. Guidelines for civil justice reform
- Module 2. The use of oral proceedings in civil justice
- Module 3. Civil sentence execution systems
- Module 4. Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
- Module 5. Expert evidence in civil proceedings
- Module 6. Collective processes
- Module 7: Case management
Basic course: August 1- November 4 (3 months)
Registration deadline: July 1
Practical course: November 7-11 (one week)
Registration deadline: October 7
Basic course: US$ 250
Litigation course: US$ 500
Basic course and Litigation course: US$ 600
Basic course, Litigation course and Research Visit Program: Innovative practices for modernizing justice in Chile: US$ 1,000 if the three courses are taken together.
Research Visit Program: Innovative practices for modernizing justice in Chile
The purpose of the program is to present the progress made and innovations developed in the operation of Chile’s justice system institutions. The areas of family, labor and criminal justice have undergone important reforms focused on implementing oral proceedings. The professionalization of the management of justice in Chile is a focus area. We highlight innovative practices including the creation of specialized support units for justice operators, the use of technology, process-based management and other methodologies aimed at providing timely, effective and efficient justice services.
The program is comprised of four modules:
Module 1. Visit to the Judiciary:
- Visit to courts specializing in family, labor and criminal cases.
- Visit to superior courts.
- Visit to the Judiciary’s Administrative Corporation.
- Working session with judges and court administrators.
Module 2. Visit to Public Prosecutor’s Offices
- Visit to the National Public Prosecutor’s Office, Metropolitan Region Prosecutor’s Office and a local prosecutor’s office.
- Visit to the Criminal Analysis Unit (SACFI system)
- Visit to observe the implementation of reforms designed to strengthen criminal prosecution and administrative management.
- Session to observe the implementation of the gender policy in the public prosecutor’s office.
- Visit to learn about innovative practices related to victims’ services and the implementation of the video recorded investigative interview system for children and teens.
Module 3. Visit to the public defender’s office
- Visit to the public defender’s office with a focus on local work.
- This session is designed to expand participants’ understanding of specialized defense models (gender, prison model, indigenous peoples, other).
- Work session designed to present the public-private management model and performance indicators.
Module 4. Hearing observation
November 21-25 (1 week, full time)
Registration deadline: October 3
US$ 600 Includes all work sessions, visits and ground transportation (by bus) to the facilities of each entity with return service to the hotel. Activities will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. except for Monday, when activities will begin at 11 a.m., and Friday, when they will end at 2 p.m.
Each participant must cover the costs of their travel, lodging and meals and must comply with public health protocols in place for entering, staying in and departing Chile.