Eduardo Juan Couture

Eduardo Juan Couture (1904–1956) was an Uruguayan jurist whose works are fundamental to the teaching of procedural law in Latin America.

Eduardo Juan Couture Etcheverry
Born(1904-05-24)May 24, 1904
DiedMay 11, 1956(1956-05-11) (aged 51)
Alma materUniversity of the Republic
Occupationlawyer, professor, writer
EmployerLaw School (University of the Republic)

Couture taught at the University of the Republic, Uruguay from 1931 on. His main area of interest was civil procedure.

He found America-wide recognition as the editor of the journal Revista de Derecho, Jurisprudencia y Administración, and as the author of the textbooks Fundamentos de Derecho Procesal Civil (1942) and Estudios de Derecho Civil (1948–50).

Couture's approach to legal procedure was founded on the constitutional rights of individuals. It was also informed by a systematic comparison of Latin American codes of procedure.


  • Paul, Wolf (2001). "Couture, Eduardo J.". In Michael Stolleis (ed.). Juristen: ein biographisches Lexikon; von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert (in German) (2nd ed.). München: Beck. p. 147. ISBN 3-406-45957-9.