The Training Area is one of the main areas of JSCA’s work. Our teaching programs are aligned with the institution’s mission and strategic objectives. In the context of the project financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), training provided continuity for the empirical research on areas in which civil justice systems needed to develop or improve their work. JSCA uses its training courses or programs to provide tools and concepts that allow participants to use new strategies for updating and strengthening civil justice in the Americas.

Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform in Latin America (PIC)

Since Uruguay’s General Procedure Code was passed in 1989 and thanks to the influence of the Model Civil Procedure Code for Ibero-America, several countries have joined the discussion and made changes to their civil justice systems.
As a result, several topics came up around how new reformed civil procedures systems should be designed, what their characteristics should be and how to adjust the objectives of judicial institutions to meet citizen demands.
This became a key element of the regional project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America” financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) beginning in 2016.

The general objective of the PIC has been to convey knowledge on the fundamental pillars of civil justice reforms in the countries of the region and to develop the basic skills required to work in this new context.

The first version of the PIC lasted for four months and involved 75 in-person and 36 virtual classroom hours. It was divided into two in-person phases and a virtual phase. The goal of the first phase was to provide public policy instruments related to the way in which civil justice reforms are implemented. JSCA provided theoretical tools to allow participants to understand the need for civil justice reforms and the key role that they can perform in their respective countries. Twenty-five judges, officials and law professors participated in the program.

The intermediate phase, which consisted of seven modules, focused on expanding the contents addressed during the first phase. Each of the modules has animated content, discussion and reflection fora, and assessments that allow participants to show what they have learned.

The third phase is focused on developing skills and abilities through learning by doing, mainly through mock exercises.

Thanks to the support of the Canadian cooperation project, we have trained over 180 attorneys, judges and academics from the region, most of them (56%) women, through the Inter-American Training Program for Civil Justice Reform.

This program also has led to activities designed to replicate the knowledge that the participants acquired in their local contexts. Over the life of this project, we have held over 150 replicas which were attended by over 70,000 people from every country in the region. This has allowed the information covered in the Inter-American Training Program to be presented to and discussed by an exponentially larger number of people.

Furthermore, we have developed 30 specialized training activities that were attended by over 800 people from every country in the region.

Inter-American Programs


Civil Justice Reform Program (Inter-American Virtual Civil Justice Program)
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Virtual Mode
Participants: 29
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Virtual Mode
Participants: 49
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In-person learning
Participants: 55
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In-person learning
Participants: 32
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In-person learning
Participants: 21
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In-person learning
Participants: 27
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Participants in the Inter-American Training Program on Civil Justice Reform 2016-2021 by country and gender

This map provides information on PIC participants between 2016 and 2021.


This program is part of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice,” and was designed to create a training program on civil justice reform with a gender perspective to be offered in Latin America.

All participants provided positive feedback on this activity, its methodology, the instructors and the content.

JSCA has held seven editions of the PIC. The last three were delivered virtually due to the pandemic.


Replicas are activities organized by PIC graduates in order to disseminate the contents that they learned through the program. They were invited to choose a specific topic that was applicable to their local realities and propose a seminar, workshop or event based on it.


The main objective of JSCA’s virtual courses is to offer innovative, ground-breaking content in the area of justice based on participants’ availability and schedules.

Virtual courses have allowed interested parties to submit assessments and extra activities through the CEJACAMPUS platform.

Our virtual courses have been designed for individuals interested in justice topics, particularly attorneys, judges, prosecutors and public defenders. They last for 6 weeks and are usually offered twice a year.

1.- Civil Justice Reform

2.- Judicial Management and Case Management in Civil Justice

3.- Trial by Jury

4.- Collective Processes

5.- Expert Evidence in Oral Civil Proceedings


Virtual Course on Gender and Justice in Latin America


This course was conducted during the first semester of 2021. Its purpose was to analyze general issues related to gender policy, feminism and structured public policies on gender.,
Mode: Online – CEJACAMPUS
Participants: 52 people (100% of them women)

Virtual Course on Civil Justice Reform in Latin America


This course was held during the first semester of the year. It focused on contextualizing civil justice reform processes and training participants on a public policy approach to civil justice reform. Participants analyzed MARC systems, case management and comparative reform processes.
Mode: Online – CEJACAMPUS
Participants: 43 people- 24 of them women (56%)

Virtual Course on Collective Processes


This course was offered during the first semester of the year and focused on collective process systems. The idea was to analyze comparative collective process systems and explain the need for such processes in reformed justice systems.
Mode: Online – CEJACAMPUS
Participants: 18 people, 6 of them women (33%)

International Seminar: “Overview of Judicial Reform in Latin America”


Date and location of the training activity: November 14-16, Panama
Impact: The Center organized a competition and over 40 people from 13 countries in the region submitted talks on evidence in oral systems. Eight papers were presented for presentation.

Oral Civil Hearing Management Course


Date and location of the training activity: October 26-30, Puebla, Mexico
Impact: Judges were trained on oral civil hearing management.