Virtual Course on Pretrial Detention in Latin America

Most countries in the region have undertaken structural reforms of their criminal trial systems over the past two decades. These reforms have been designed to change design-related aspects as well as elements involving the practical operation of the system. One of the areas in which this process has generated the highest expectations is the increase of basic rights and guarantees of citizens subjected to criminal prosecution, particularly the rationalization of the use of pretrial detention. However, innumerable problems in this area persist, and this course seeks to address them as a way of improving the quality of discussion in the region.
The main objective of this course is to give students an overview of the use of pretrial detention in Latin America, addressing its principles and key problems and challenges in the region. It also seeks to encourage informed debate with a higher technical quality regarding the decisions that are being made about pretrial detention.
Module 1: Overview of the Use of Pretrial Detention in Latin America in the Context of Reformed Criminal Procedure Systems
This module offers students a general overview of the regulations regarding and practical functioning of pretrial detention in reformed procedure systems in the region. The module reviews whether the key expectations that were raised by the reform movement in regard to pretrial detention have been met and offers a general overview of its current use.

Module 2: Pretrial Detention in the International Context
This module addresses internationally accepted criteria for imposing pretrial detention in light of the protections formulated in human rights pacts, agreements, and case law. The standards, procedural suppositions, limits, and principles of judicial oversight and conditions of intention at the international level will be reviewed.

Module 3: The Pretrial Detention Hearing and Its Components
This module analyzes the hearing held to discuss pretrial detention as an important component for guaranteeing the rights of individuals charged with crimes in reformed systems. The module addresses the general framework of pretrial detention hearings, the need for and components of this hearing, and the importance of specific arguments in the discussion of pretrial detention.

Module 4: Risk Evaluation and Supervision of Protective Measures: The Experience of Pretrial Services
The purpose of the module is to describe and analyze pretrial services as an effective strategy for rationalizing the use of protective measures in criminal proceedings, particularly pretrial detention.
This course is directed at judges, prosecutors, public defenders, officials of state agencies and non-governmental organizations, academics, and anyone interested in learning about the issue of pretrial detention in Latin America.
If you wish to receive an electronic certificate of completion, email and submit the following information:
  • Full name
  • Course
  • Proof of undergraduate enrollment (where applicable)

The electronic certificate costs US$40, which must be paid electronically to our institution. The payment information will be sent via email once the request for certification is made.