Alumni in Focus

Modernizing the Judicial System in Argentina

Hon. Mario Eduardo Kohan

Hon. Mario Eduardo Kohan

Criminal Appeals Judge, Province of Buenos Aires and Interim Supreme Court Justice

Hon. Mario Eduardo Kohan, Criminal Appeals Judge and former Interim Supreme Court Justice for Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, attended ILEA Roswell Session 62: Executive Policy and Development Symposium on Transnational Organized Crime - International Financial Enforcement Strategies in July and August 2018. 

Hon. Kohan is dedicated to modernizing the judicial system and criminal procedures in Argentina. He is working to expand the use of jury trials nationwide, a practice currently utilized in Buenos Aires. This year, Hon. Kohan has been one of approximately 80 judges, prosecutors, and district attorneys to attend many symposiums hosted by the U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT). Throughout 2019, he has had the opportunity to attend seminars on various judicial topics, including a symposium on the United States federal criminal justice system and a workshop on research, procedural tools, and oral judging techniques.

In an interview with ILEA Director John Chavers, Hon. Kohan said, “I hope I can take all the things I have learned during these wonderful three weeks to different levels of my government. I hope I can talk to legislators who are the ones in charge of applying the changes that we really need.” ILEA Roswell commends Hon. Kohan for his dedication to improving the judicial system in Argentina and to sharing his knowledge with his colleagues and the ILEA community.