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Contractual Performance and COVID-19

An In-Depth Comparative Law Analysis

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a devastating impact on human health and life around the globe. It has had an equally far-reaching impact on contractual relations worldwide. The continued global spread of COVID-19 has forced governments and companies alike to take unprecedented measures to slow down the spread of the pandemic and to protect health and safety.

All of this may impact the ability of parties to reasonably exercise their contractual rights or perform their contractual obligations.

This site:

  • provides an in-depth legal analysis of key civil and common law jurisdictions across the globe, including the US, England and Wales, Singapore, Brazil, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria;
  • examines for each of the jurisdictions covered whether and under what circumstances COVID-19-related impediments may excuse contractual performance or lead to modification or termination;
  • addresses a wide variety of legal concepts, such as impossibility, impracticability, frustration of purpose, force majeure, hardship or imprévision, and clausula rebus sic stantibus;
  • opens up a wealth of insights for businesses, practitioners, and academics around the globe by providing an analytical framework across various jurisdictions, along with a comparative analysis of factual scenarios;
  • continues to be continuously updated with additional developments and key civil and common law jurisdictions.



Franz T. Schwarz John A. Trenor Helmut Ortner
Margaret Artz Gustavo Gaspar Ole Jensen
Cem Kalelioglu Marleen Krueger Jonathan Lim
Maria Pabon Juliane Reschke Claudio Salas
Olivier Stephan Jared Tan Leticia Tomkowski
Manuel Valderrama

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