CISG and Proactive Contracting: Suspending Performance Under Article 71 CISG in the Time of a Global Pandemic

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The profound economic and social impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic put to the test the resilience of commercial relationships, pushing legal academia and practice to consider questions beyond the mere impact of certain institutes of civil or common law tradition: the role of contract law in supporting the survival of affected trading relationships. The discussion under CISG has focused mostly on the interpretation and application of its provisions – notably Art. 79 – but did not go significantly further than that. This paper aims to contribute to the existing discussion in two ways. First is to bring to the table a discussion around a remedy embedded in Art. 71 (1) and (3) CISG: the right of suspending performance. Second is to put such remedy in the context of proactive contracting, demonstrating the potential for its use in structuring and managing the pandemic (or any other event) going forward. The discussion will, therefore, focus on the current interpretation and application of Art. 71 (1) and (3) CISG and will then move to clarify the ideas behind proactive contracting and the ways in which participants in international sales contracts can use Art. 71 (1) and (3) CISG to address performance and adaptability risks within their relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBalkan Yearbook on European and International Law 2020
EditorsZlatan Meškić, Dušan V. Popović, Ivana Kunda, Enis Omerović
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-65295-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-65294-4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameBalkan Yearbook on European and International Law
ISSN (Print)2524-8723

Bibliographical note

Part of the Balkan Yearbook of European and International Law book series (BYEIL,volume 2020)


  • Change Management
  • Party Autonomy
  • Proactive Contracting
  • Right of Suspending Performance


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