PROYECTO ACCESO: USING POPULAR CULTURE TO BUILD THE RULE OF LAW IN LATIN AMERICA

Author: 

James M. Cooper

Since the 1990s, much of Latin America has transitioned from an inquisitorial model of criminal procedure to an adversarial model. This Herculean task, over a few short years, has been part of the overall process facilitating the return of democratic governance. In much of the region, countries like Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay, have labored to achieve this transition, provide new transparent oral trials, improve judicial administration, modernize legal education and build the rule of law. There has been, unfortunately, a checkered record of success. Chile, however, stands out as the one country that has now fully completed this judicial reform, having implemented new oral trials in the metropolitan capital of Santiago in July 2005. View More