With the presence of the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador
Nestor Méndez, the CJI concluded its one hundred third regular session, held at
its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
During the session, the CJI adopted a Guide to Best Practices in Jurisdictional
Cooperation for the Americas, which recommends mechanisms to make cooperation
procedures under the inter-American conventions in force more effective through
the use of information and communication technologies. The CJI also adopted a
resolution recognizing the UNIDROIT/UNCITRAL draft Model Law on
Warehouse Receipts, an instrument that contributes to access to credit
in the agricultural sector, a topic addressed by the CJI in 2016. Likewise, the
CJI paid posthumous tribute to Dr. João Baena Soares, former Chair of the CJI
and erstwhile Secretary General of the OAS, who passed away in June. Finally,
the CJI added three new topics to its agenda: Updating of the 2020 Model
Inter-American Law 2.0 on Access to Public Information; Impact
of artificial intelligence-based technologies on human rights, with a special
focus on children and adolescents; and Recognition and
enforcement of foreign judgements and awards. All these documents will
be made available on the CJI website in the coming days.
In the course of its session the CJI held its Ninth joint meeting with legal
advisors of the ministries of foreign affairs of 11 OAS member states, during
which various topics on the CJI agenda were discussed, as were other issues (link
to the agenda of the Ninth Joint Meeting). Likewise, members of the CJI
participated in the XVI Conference of the American Association of Private
International Law (ASADIP), at which they gave presentations on important topics
on the CJI agenda (link
to the program of the meeting organized by ASADIP - only available in
At the same time, the Forty-eighth Course on International Law, organized by the
CJI and its Technical Secretariat, the Department of International Law of the
Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the OAS, was successfully held, bringing
together 44 students and more than 10 professors from different countries in the
Americas and Europe (link
to Course program).
Before concluding its session, the CJI elected its new officers: Dr. George
Bandeira Galindo as Chair and Dr. Cecilia Fresnedo de Aguirre as Vice Chair.
Both will take office on January 1, 2024, for a two-year term. The next regular
session of the CJI will be held in Panama City, Panama, from March 11 to 15,
2024, at the invitation of the Government of Panama.
As part of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, the Department of
Internacional Law acts as technical secretariat of the CJI.
The CJI serves as advisory body on juridical matters to the OAS. Its main duty
involves the promotions of the progressive development and codification of
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