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Goals of Civil Justice and Civil Procedure in Contemporary Judicial Systems

  • Alan Uzelac
  • Offers a unique collection of comparative insights into the social role and function of civil courts

  • Includes contributions of prominent legal scholars and practitioners from all globally important legal traditions

  • Addresses the most topical concerns regarding the functioning and efficiency of national systems of civil justice

  • Provides the best introductory overview of global justice systems and their role


Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. General Synthesis

  3. National Perspectives

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-263

About this book


This book is a collection of papers that address a fundamental question: What is the role of civil justice and civil procedure in the various national traditions in the contemporary world? The book presents striking differences among a range of countries and legal traditions, but also points to common trends and open issues. It brings together prominent experts, professionals and scholars from both civil and common law jurisdictions. It represents all main legal traditions ranging from Europe (Germanic and Romanic countries, Scandinavia, ex-Socialist countries) and Russia to the Americas (North and South) and China (Mainland and Hong Kong). While addressing the main issue – the goals of civil justice – the book discusses the most topical concerns regarding the functioning and efficiency of national systems of civil justice. These include concerns such as finding the appropriate balance between accurate fact-finding and the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time, the processing of hard cases, and the function of civil justice as a specific public service.​ In the mosaic of contrasts and oppositions special place is devoted to the continuing battle between the individualistic/liberal approach and the collectivist/paternalistic approach – the battle in which, seemingly, paternalistic tendencies regain momentum in a number of contemporary justice systems.


American Exceptionalism Civil Justice Developments in Mainland China Civil Justice In South America Civil Justice in Common Law Tradition Civil Justice in Contemporary World Civil Justice in Germanic Tradition Civil Justice in Northern Europe Civil Justice in Pursuit of Efficiency and Budgetary Cuts Civil Justice in Socialist and Post-Socialist Countries Civil Justice in the Western Europe Context of Goals of Civil Justice Goals of Civil Justice Judicial Activism Promoting Social Harmony Three-dimensional Justice in Hong Kong Transitional Civil Justice civil justice comparative civil procedure comparative law court litigation

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Uzelac
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for Civil Procedure, Faculty of LawUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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