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01 May 2020

COVID-19: Force Majeure or Alternative Contractual Remedies?

by Robert Oakes, Legal Director - South Africa

As COVID-19 began its rapid spread around the world, force majeure was the hot-topic in construction law. However, Force Majeure does not necessarily provide the only basis, or the optimum basis, for relief.  Certain jurisdictions recognise Force Majeure as a definable event and a basis for claim.  Other jurisdictions may not.   Force Majeure Provisions

03 Apr 2020

COVID-19 – Legal concepts in France and Algeria; A Civil Law Perspective

by Catherine Renault, Legal Director - Dubai

Confirmed cases of COVID 19 have soared over 400 000 worldwide with fatalities crossing the threshold of 15,000, which has led the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) to upgrade the COVID 19 outbreak from a “public health emergency of international concern” to a “pandemic” (the “Pandemic”) on 11 March 2020.

How to qualify the COVID-19 outbreak from a legal perspective? The novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in the PRC, or (“COVID-19”) as it was named by the World Health Organization (“WHO”), is increasingly disrupting businesses on a worldwide scale. Since January 2020, the outbreak has spread throughout the PRC and new pockets of infection are

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