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VII. Change of Party
(4,892 words)

Volume XVI: Civil Procedure | Chapter 5 (1977): Parties

Completed in July 1975

Ernst J. Cohn

A. Death

254. General. – In both the common law and the civil law systems, the death of a single plaintiff or defendant originally resulted automatically in the discontinuance of the proceedings. Where the cause of action survived under the substantive law, the successor, that is the heir or personal representative, had to commence a fresh action.1 This rule gradually became more unsatisfac…

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Ernst J. Cohn, “VII. Change of Party”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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