Force Majeure Relief on International Construction Projects


June 11, 2020
Under the Threat of a Second Wave of COVID-19
Society of Construction Law North America

As more countries are starting to lift restrictions as a result of COVID-19, construction sites are coming back to life, or in some cases scaling back up, in COVID-secure “new normal” environments. At what point will force majeure relief end, and will parties be entitled to force majeure relief again if a second wave of COVID-19 infections and associated restrictions occurs?

Emma Schaafsma and Nick Oury, construction and engineering disputes partners at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, and Dr. Anamaria Popescu, chairman of SCL North America and a managing director in BRG’s Global Construction practice, discussed these issues and considered what parties should be doing now to protect their position in the future.

Topics included:

  • The COVID situation in construction today
  • Force majeure: a recap of the law
  • Lifting of restrictions: dealing with current force majeure claims
  • Preparing for a second wave
  • Exercising termination rights for prolonged force majeure
  • Practical considerations

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Anamaria Popescu

Managing Director