Prof. Harriët Schelhaas of Erasmus School of Law on the corona crisis and contract law
On 9 April, Prof. Harriet Schelhaas, professor of Private Law at Erasmus School of Law and Jan Spanjaard LL.M, published an article about the common contract law problems that arise as a result of the corona crisis.
The corona crisis can have major consequences for contracts. Can events that may not take place as a result of the corona crisis be cancelled or dissolved free of charge, and can a contractor who is no longer able to comply call on force majeure or unforeseen circumstances? Schelhaas and Spanjaard discuss these questions in their article.
The authors call the corona crisis not just an ‘ordinary’ economic crisis, but rather a humanitarian crisis, unparalleled in size and intensity. According to the authors, it is therefore important that the law serves society by offering tailor-made solutions in times of extreme and exceptional situations that cause social disruption.