Coronavirus and the Law of Obligations

Michael Douglas, John Eldridge

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COVID-19 has touched every aspect of Australian society, including the law of obligations. This comment considers how the pandemic could affect contracts – a topic which is already a very popular subject of law firms’ client updates. After discussing frustration and force majeure, it addresses a few relevant torts, including trespass to the person, the tort recognised in Wilkinson v Downton, and negligence. The comment is intended to provoke further dialogue on how COVID-19 is affecting Australian law, including in the forthcoming thematic issue of the University of New South Wales Law Journal on ‘Rights Protection amidst COVID-19’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalUniversity of New South Wales Law Journal Forum
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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