The Impact of Covid-19 in German Contract Law

Authors: Christian Johannes Wahnschaffe


The Covid-19 pandemic has put the world to a halt. Not only public life but also the economy and trade partly have come to a standstill. On a global scale, the resulting impediments confront legal systems with unprecedented challenges. This country report analyses the impact of Covid-19 in German contract law. In its first part, this paper addresses the (conventional) approaches of German contract law to impediments and their effect on contractual relations in times of the pandemic. In its second part, it outlines the legislative responses to Covid-19 in the area of contract law.

Keywords: Contract Law, Germany, Covid-19