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lawyer an insight into the shortcomings of the various procedural systems and into the question how these may be addressed. An example is the age-old problem of undue delay and high costs, the solution of which will certainly benefit from comparative research in civil procedure. That comparative scholarship in civil procedure is indeed a fruitful enterprise is demonstrated by the ongoing discussion on the ‘German Advantage in Civil Procedure’ triggered by J.H. Langbein in 1985. This discussion is still with us today and those scholars who have followed it will most likely underwrite our opinion that it has thoroughly deepened our insight in a multitude of procedural questions.


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