Civil Courts Coping with Covid-19, by Bart Krans and Anna Nylund

Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in civil courts - experiences in 23 countries Reports from 23 countries across the globe The unforeseen Covid-19 pandemic has propelled unprecedented transformations in civil proceedings. Numerous countries across the globe have faced and continue to face the question of how to enable courts to handle civil cases despite restrictions … Continue reading Civil Courts Coping with Covid-19, by Bart Krans and Anna Nylund

Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020, States have adopted stringent measures to curb the virus’s propagation. These measures include limitations of freedom of religion. On request of Governments, churches, mosques and synagogues ceased to hold ceremonies or limited the number of believers allowed. While the judicial procedures raised by the British Government’s guidance were rejected, the … Continue reading Freedom of religion during the pandemic: France and Belgium in search of consistency, by Romain Mertens

Serial Health Risks and Civil Liability: A Comparative Study of French and English Law, by Emmanuelle Lemaire

Abstract Serial health risks are increasing in occurrence and have the capacity to affect large numbers of people living in different countries. Thalidomide, contaminated blood, Diethylstilboestrol (DES), asbestos and Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE) are among some of the most well-known examples of serial health risks damaging human lives, but the recent Covid-19 outbreak reminds us … Continue reading Serial Health Risks and Civil Liability: A Comparative Study of French and English Law, by Emmanuelle Lemaire

Facing the Covid-19 in France: the renewal of the state of emergency, by Estelle Chambas

The Covid-19 crisis put national legal orders under stress by its new dimension as a pandemic. If some countries had already faced similar health crises in their recent history, this was not the case of France. This can explain why this country enacted hectic measures which, for some of them, were completely contradictory: the Government … Continue reading Facing the Covid-19 in France: the renewal of the state of emergency, by Estelle Chambas

Performing Contracts in COVID-19 Times in England and in France: Different Responses, Same Result?, by Catherine Pedamon and Radosveta Vassileva

Global leaders have compared the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 health emergency to the reverberations of World War II (WWII). French President Emmanuel Macron even publicly declared, from the onset of the pandemic, that France was ‘at war’. Unsurprisingly, governments introduced various measures to limit the effects of the pandemic and to provide a … Continue reading Performing Contracts in COVID-19 Times in England and in France: Different Responses, Same Result?, by Catherine Pedamon and Radosveta Vassileva

Covid-19 in comparative perspectives – call for blog pieces – 15 September 2020

The current Covid-19 pandemic is bringing into sharp focus two key questions at the core of comparative law research: first, globalisation and how increasing and intense are our political, social, cultural and economic interactions with countries, public and private organisations and fellow humans across the world; secondly, the distinctiveness of national reactions to this shared … Continue reading Covid-19 in comparative perspectives – call for blog pieces – 15 September 2020

Legal Actions against the State: Comparative Perspectives with reference to Ireland and France

The Covid-19 crisis has turned our lives inside out. It has had a profound effect on the way we, as individuals, interact with one another and with members of our communities, and, as citizens, act in society. The crisis has also greatly impacted the way our institutions and government function. A string of emergency legislations … Continue reading Legal Actions against the State: Comparative Perspectives with reference to Ireland and France

Johannes Ungerer, ‘Coronavirus measures in private law: Comparison of moratoria in the United Kingdom and Germany’ – abstract

ABSTRACT The Coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to private legal relations. These challenges demand that States provide measures that go beyond traditional private law responses such as force majeure, material adverse change or frustration. Enacting moratoria is among the steps which have been undertaken by the United Kingdom and Germany to provide necessary ‘breathing space’, … Continue reading Johannes Ungerer, ‘Coronavirus measures in private law: Comparison of moratoria in the United Kingdom and Germany’ – abstract

The Spanish loan debt moratorium due to COVID-19, a minimal measure

The present contribution would like to give some insight in the measures adopted by the Spanish government to tackle the economic crisis caused by the shutdown under the state of alarm, that notably include a loan debt moratorium (for a more detailed analysis see Zunzunegui, 2020). A precedent for this measure could be found in … Continue reading The Spanish loan debt moratorium due to COVID-19, a minimal measure