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STRENGTHENING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE
JUSTICE STUDIES CENTER OF THE AMERICAS

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the mandates assigned by the Third and the Fourth Summits of the Americas; resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXVI-E/99), in which it decided to establish the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA); resolution AG/RES. 2228 (XXXVI-O/06), “Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas” (REMJA); AG/RES. 2603 (XL-O/10), “Strengthening the Activities of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas”; and prior resolutions;
BEARING IN MIND the presentation by the JSCA to the Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA-VI), held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in April 2006, of a funding plan which proposed a system of suggested voluntary contributions by member states to cover the JSCA’s basic costs;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the 2010 annual report on the Center’s activities (CP/doc.4551/11) and the report on projects and actions with impact, presented to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the OAS Permanent Council (cp/cajp/inf.138/11) on April 14, 2011, which reflect specific training, research, and dissemination activities undertaken by the JSCA over the past year to strengthen justice systems in the member states;
RECALLING that Article 17 of the Center’s Statute, adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly at its twenty-sixth special session, establishes that the JSCA and its activities may be funded with voluntary contributions from member states as well as with funds from other public and private sources; and
THANKING Canada and Chile for their voluntary contributions,
RESOLVES:


  1. To congratulate the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) on the work it has continued to undertake in the Americas, especially in researching innovations and new information technologies that make it possible to improve the management and operations of justice systems and the performance of comparative studies and new lines of work to support civil justice reform in the region, knowing that this task represents a contribution to strengthening governance, economic development, and democracy in the region.




  1. To reiterate its appeal to the member states, and invite the permanent observers, to make voluntary contributions to the JSCA.




  1. To urge organs and institutions associated with the inter-American system to deepen their working relations with the JSCA within their areas of competence.

  2. To request the Permanent Council to continue, through the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, to include on its agenda a dialogue with the JSCA to consider the best ways to expand cooperation between the member states and the Center.

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. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution.



AG/RES. 2671 (XLI-O/11)


OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE INTER-AMERICAN JURIDICAL COMMITTEE

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 7, 2011)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the observations and recommendations of the member states on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CP/CAJP-2993/11);
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT resolution AG/RES. 2611 (XL-O/10), “Observations and Recommendations on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Juridical Committee”;
BEARING IN MIND the 77th and 78th regular sessions of the Committee, held at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and
CONSIDERING:
That Article 53 of the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) establishes the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) as one of the organs of the Organization;
That Article 54.f of the OAS Charter provides that it is a function of the General Assembly to consider, inter alia, the observations and recommendations presented by the Permanent Council on the reports of the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization, in accordance with Article 91.f of the Charter; and
That on April 7, 2011, the CJI presented its annual report to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council, and that the Permanent Council has forwarded its observations and recommendations thereon to the General Assembly,
RESOLVES:


  1. To take note of the observations and recommendations of the member states on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CP/CAJP-2888/10) and to forward them to the Juridical Committee.




  1. To thank the Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) for including in its annual report resolution CJI/RES. 170 (LXXVII-O/10), “Protection of the Rights of Migrants,” as well as the reports on democracy, the International Criminal Court, international humanitarian law, refugees, cultural diversity, innovative forms of access to justice, topics of private international law, and freedom of thought and expression.




  1. To request the CJI to present to the General Assembly a final report on the topic of cultural diversity in the development of international law.




  1. To request the CJI to report on progress made on the study on the importance of guaranteeing the right of freedom of thought and expression of citizens, in light of the fact that free and independent media carry out their activities guided by ethical standards, which can in no case be imposed by the state, consistent with applicable principles of international law.




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    o request the CJI to report on progress made on the comparative analysis of the principal legal instruments of the inter-American system related to peace, security, and cooperation.






  1. To request the CJI to report on progress made on the legal study of the mechanisms of participatory democracy and citizen participation contained in the legislation of some countries in the region.




  1. To underscore once again the importance of holding the Course on International Law, organized each year in Rio de Janeiro by the CJI and the Department of International Law of the Organization of American States (OAS); to highlight the importance of increasing the funding for OAS scholarship awards for that course; to urge member states to consider the possibility of paying directly for the participation of students and professors from their own countries; and to recognize the work of the Department of International Law in organizing the course and publishing its lectures.

8. To reaffirm the importance of the close ties maintained by the CJI with the political organs of the OAS, particularly the Permanent Council and the CAJP; and to recommend to the CJI that it continue to focus its efforts on the matters which the competent organs identify as being of priority interest to the Organization.


9. To emphasize the need to provide increased administrative and budgetary support to the CJI, so that it may adequately address the current inter-American legal agenda and issue the corresponding recommendations, within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.
10. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-second regular session on the implementation of this resolution. Execution of its activities shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

AG/RES. 2672 (XLI-O/11)




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