Coronavirus and international contracts: Impossibility, change of circumstances, contractual provisions and investment arbitration

In particular, measures taken around the world to combat the spread of COVID‑19 may make it more difficult or even impossible to perform certain contracts. The uncertainty caused in contract management is accentuated in international contracts, in which the policies adopted in the various countries where the contract is to be performed will have to be taken into account.

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