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Covid-19

To what extent is the Covid-19 pandemic considered a “force majeure” excuse in contractual relations

Austrian law does not provide with a definition of “force majeure”. According to the jurisdiction of the Austrian Supreme Court, force majeure is an extraordinary event from outside, which does not occur and cannot be expected to occur with a certain frequency and regularity and cannot be averted or rendered harmless in its consequences by extreme reasonable care.

Based on this definition, we see a very high chance, that the Covid-19 Pandemic can be qualified as a case of force majeure.