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15 November 2011 · Article

Force Majeure: A Contentious Issue

\r\n Should suppliers be allowed to claim force majeure and if so, in what circumstances?


\r\n Whenever there is a major incident, this question re-surfaces. Over the years, the list of incidents that constitute force majeure has altered, but the basic principles remain unchanged. Today, however, there seems to be reducing tolerance for this blanket provision that excuses all performance. A refinery fire at a Shell facility in Singapore, the Brisbane floods and the Libyan revolution have been recent examples that created debate and contention.

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