Board of Directors

JSCA’s highest ranking entity is its Board of Directors, which is comprised of seven established professionals with experience crafting public policy and working towards the modernization of justice in the continent.

Jenny Willier Murphy


Mrs. Murphy has a Bachelor of Arts in foreign affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She is an expert on the rule of law. She holds a juris doctorate from American University Washington College of Law. She has over 20 years of experience at Creative Associates International. Mrs. Murphy has provided technical assistance globally on rule of law issues to U.S. embassies through her work at USAID and the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement Affairs (State/INL) including justice sector modernization programs, rule of law, citizen security and public safety reforms.

Daniel Antonio Petrone

Vice President

Mr. Petrone earned a law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires He holds a master’s degree in law from Universidad de Palermo and a graduate degree in criminal law. He completed in the Inter-American Program for Training Trainers for Criminal Procedure Reform offered by JSCA. He is now a judge serving in San Martín’s Oral Federal Court No 2. Petrone has directed projects focused on criminal and criminal procedure law at Universidad de Buenos Aires and taught graduate courses there as well. He is the author and co-author of various publications related to criminal law and prison systems.

Patricia Pérez Goldberg

Member of the Board of Directors

Ms. Pérez is an attorney with a degree from Universidad de Valparaíso. She is a former Minister of Justice of Chile. She is currently a Real Estate Registrar and is pursuing a doctorate at Universidad de Valparaíso. She worked as a litigator and advisor in Chile’s Public Defender’s Office for over a decade. As Minister of Justice, she promoted important prison reforms focused on social reinsertion, such as the Non-Custodial Sentences Law. Pérez also introduced Chile’s first prison policy with a gender approach and worked on special measures for women and members of the LGTBIQ+ population, among other initiatives.

Maytrie Kuldip Singh

Member of the Board of Directors

Ms. Kuldip is an attorney who received her degree from University of Suriname in 2000. She served as a jurist with an NGO focused on the defense of human rights for several years. In 2004, she was selected to serve as a training judge after participating in a program subsidized by the Netherlands. She was appointed a member of Suriname’s High Court in 2009. Since her appointment, she has engaged in noteworthy work such as serving as her country’s point of contact in the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officials (CAJO). Ms. Kuldip currently trains court clerks and serves as a criminal court judge.

Benjamin L. Berger

Member of the Board of Directors

Professor and the York Research Chair in Pluralism and Public Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto, Canada. He holds a JSD and LLM from Yale University. He has specialized in research and teaching on criminal and constitutional law and theory, law and religion, and the law of evidence. He also served as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Law’s Religion: Religious Difference and the Claims of Constitutionalism.

María del Carmen Maldonado Sánchez

Member of the Board of Directors

Ms. Maldonado is a doctoral candidate in law and holds a degree in the public and social sciences. she has served as prosecutor, assistant prosecutor and legal advisor as well as a Constitutional Court judge in Ecuador. She has long served as a teacher as well. Maldonado has offered presentations at various seminars and fora in public and private institutions and at universities both in Ecuador and abroad. She was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Ibero-American Annual Meeting on Constitutional Law, which has its headquarters in Madrid (Spain). She is currently the President of Ecuador’s Judiciary Council.

María Victoria Rivas

Member of the Board of Directors

María Victoria Rivas holds a doctorate in the legal sciences from Universidad Americana de Paraguay. She earned her law degree at Universidad Nacional de Asunción in the School of Law and Social Sciences (Paraguay) and completed a specialization program in constitutional justice and human rights at University of Bologna (Italy). She also completed a program for specialists in policy management and public management at Universidad Columbia de Paraguay and the George Washington University. She was an Assistant General Prosecutor in the Paraguayan public prosecution service. Dr. Rivas also served as the technical advisor and coordinator of the National Judicial Reform Commission, which is part of the Paraguayan Parliament, and was a technical advisor to National Parliament for the Criminal Procedure Reform and the Organic Law of the Public Prosecution Service. She has worked as a technical consultant for cooperation agencies such as USAID, IDB and the European Union. She won the Universidad Americana award for Leadership in Paraguay for 2010 in the “Female Leadership” category. She is a founding partner and the Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Studies of Paraguay (CEJ).

Información Institucional

Informe de Gestión
Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas

Director responsable:
Jaime Arellano Quintana

Redacción y edición:
Leandra Medina
Claudio Soto
Aira Maya
Erika Rojas

Diseño y diagramación:
Marco González
Juan Núñez
Sandra Araneda

Banco fotográfico institucional

Esteban Rosales

Registro de propiedad intelectual:

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