Type: Working Paper
Government responses on Corona and contracts in Europe : a compilation of extraordinary measures in times of crisis
Working Paper, EUI LAW, 2020/11
JENTSCH, Valentin, Government responses on Corona and contracts in Europe : a compilation of extraordinary measures in times of crisis, EUI LAW, 2020/11 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/68495
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In March 2020, the new coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, which was eventually declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, changed everyday life all over Europe from one day to another. Under those extraordinary circumstances, a wide range of issues concerning the law of contracts are becoming particularly important. During the lockdown and the subsequent reopening of the economy, many European countries have implemented significant and unprecedented measures in response to the current crisis. Against this backdrop, the more fundamental question arises whether and to what extent we need an extraordinary law of contracts in times of pandemic. Drawing on five important civil law jurisdictions (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy), the paper provides for an analysis and discussion of various extraordinary measures taken by European governments and puts these measures into perspective. A functional and comparative approach is used to elaborate on how contract law should respond to the current crisis.
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Series/Number: EUI LAW; 2020/11
Publisher: European University Institute
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