Virtual Course on Gender and Justice in Latin America

The situation of women in Latin America and the rich 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 is framed by JSCA’s institutional policy on gender equality, which recognizes the unbreakable connection between the gender perspective and effective access to justice for all system users. This is why both civil and criminal judicial system reforms should include the gender perspective’s contributions at all stages of their implementation.

The goal is to create comprehensive, effective systems that respect international human rights standards.
  • To integrate theoretical, conceptual, and critical developments on gender and sexuality into the practice of law based on the contributions made by feminisms to social theory and legal thought.
  • To allow students to acquire basic skills in order to apply the gender perspective in judicial processes.
Module I:Feminism and Genders Theories, concepts, and critiques
General objective
The objective of this module is to allow the student to use theoretical, conceptual, and critical concepts on gender and sexuality based on the contributions that feminisms have made to social theory and legal thought.

  • Lesson 1: The long road of feminism
  • Lesson 2: Glossary
  • Lesson 3: Gender, justice, and social theory Joan Scott and Nancy Fraser
Module II: Justice and Gender
General objective
By the end of this module, the student should be able to identify basic feminist legal methods and gender approach. They will acquire the tools that they will need to apply those methods in three main areas: a) the exercise of jurisdictional functions; b) the development of policies and institutional structures related to gender in the justice system; and c) matters of access to justice.

  • Lesson 1: Feminisms and law: Theory, critiques, and practice
  • Lesson 2: Feminisms, gender, and law: Methodological contributions
  • Lesson 3: Judging with a gender perspective
  • Lesson 4: Gender, institutional structures, and justice
  • Lesson 5: Gender, sexuality, and access to justice Women and members of LGBTIQ+ communities as users and operators
Module III: Gender and Civil Justice
General objective
Students will learn about the tools necessary to rethink civil law and its practice from an approach that is sensitive to the situation of women and members of the LGBTIQ+ population in Latin America.

  • Lesson 1: The gender approach and sexuality in civil law institutions: Redefining the beginning and existence of humans and personality attributes
  • Lesson 2: The gender approach and sexuality in civil law institutions: Redefining family relationships and parentage
  • Lesson 3: Violence against women within the civil law system: Prevention and reparations
  • Lesson 4: Gender identity and sexual orientation: Challenges posed to family law
Module IV: Gender and Criminal Law
General objective
By the end of this module, students will be able to identify and acquire tools for interpreting criminal law and its practice from the perspective of the human rights of women and LGBTIQ+ communities.

  • Lesson 1: Violence and criminal law: Concepts and traps of punitive power
  • Lesson 2: The gender approach and crime: Femicide, feminicide, and hate crimes
  • Lesson 3: The gender approach and criminal procedure
  • Lesson 4: The gender approach and punishment Women and members of LGBTIQ+ communities as victimizers
The suggested course calendar is presented below:
  • Introduction to the e-learning platform. May 3-9
  • Module 1: May 10-16 (contents and evaluation)
  • Module 2: May 17-23 (contents and evaluation)
  • Module 3: May 24-30 (contents and evaluation)
  • Module 4: May 31- June 6 (contents and evaluation)
  • Final paper: June 7-20 (5 to 10 pages)
  • Grades and Certification: June 21-30

The above notwithstanding, the instructor will publish the course contents and information about the assessments and final paper on the first day of the course (24 hours). This will allow students to adjust the course activities to their personal and professional schedules.

Students should complete the multiple choice assessments upon completing each module. Students should complete the final paper after finishing 4 modules and the respective assessments.

Each assessment has 10 questions and 1 point will be awarded per question. The maximum score is thus 10 points. The final paper will be graded as “fail,” “pass” or “outstanding” based on the evaluation guidelines that will be distributed in advance.
The cost of the course is US$100 (one hundred US dollars).

Once you have registered using the electronic form, you will receive an email with payment instructions. You will have two payment options:
  • Payments completed outside of Chile: Online payment using a link to a credit card in dollars.
  • Payments completed within Chile: Online payment using Red Compra or a credit card.

• Individual early registration:* 25% discount (final price of US$75)
• Group early registration:* 40% discount (final price of US$60)
• Institutions 50% discount (final price of US$50)

*Through March 31, 2021.
** 4 or more people.
*** 10 or more people.
Anyone interested in issues of gender and justice, legal professionals who work in government institutions and focus on teaching or practice law, public officials and judicial assistants who work in the courts, prosecutors, and individuals who work in similar institutions.
Students who wish to receive virtual certification for the course may do so if they have passed the assessments at the end of each module and earned a passing grade on the final paper.

The certification will be granted for 48 classroom hours. The certification will only be distributed digitally and will indicate the dates of the course and whether or not the student passed the course. It will also describe the course contents.

Students who earn an average grade of 70% on the assessments for each module and pass the final paper will pass the course. Certificates will differentiate between students who have passed and outstanding students:
  • Average grade of 7 to 8.9 on the assessments and paper assigned grade of “pass” or “outstanding”: Pass.
  • Average grade of 9 to 10 on the assessments and paper assigned grade of “outstanding”: Outstanding.
For more information, contact toAnanias Reyes