U.S. Supports Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) Research and Training Program to Strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 6, 2013

In a ceremony today at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Permanent Representative, announced U.S. support for the Research and Training Program on the Application of the American Convention on Human Rights in the Justice Systems of the Americas, a project of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA).

The purpose of the project is to strengthen and increase application and knowledge of International Human Rights Law in the context of justice systems of Latin America, particularly the standards contained in the American Convention on Human Rights, the obligations emanating from it for member states and mechanisms for their application. The program will provide training for judicial officials and other social actors linked to the justice system to promote regional standards for the administration of justice.

In her remarks, Ambassador Lomellin highlighted the U.S. Government’s commitment to strengthening the inter-American human rights system and preserving its autonomy, and underscored the important work of the JSCA in advancing the administration of justice and the promotion of human rights across the hemisphere.

The JSCA is an autonomous inter-governmental entity whose mission is to support the states of the region in their judicial reform processes. The Center is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Its member states are those of the Organization of American States (OAS). The JSCA was created in 1999 in fulfillment of mandates from the Plan of Action of the Second Summit of the Americas (Santiago, April 1998) and the recommendations adopted during the II and III Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) emphasizing the need to incorporate strengthening of the judicial system and administration of justice as key topics for governance and economic development for the countries of the region.

PRN: 2013/0130