We organize this seminar while we are still in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis. It is not yet over and the virus continues to spread.
Is it still too early to try to identify and analyse the consequences and implications in the various fields of law and economic activities? How will the law, or rather, how should the law respond to the various difficulties, issues and challenges created by this pandemic? What solutions already exist in the law, and what new solutions should may be introduced?
The world is changing in many ways and because of to an event that no one could ever have imagined or predicted. Millions of people have been infected and hundreds of thousands have died. We have changed our ordinary daily behaviour, from washing our hands more frequently, to wearing masks and keeping at a safe distance. Our behaviour as consumers too has changed.
Many have had to undertake lockdowns or respect quarantines. Many businesses have either suspended their activities or have closed down or became insolvent. Employees have had their salaries slashed, while others have lost their jobs. Nobody has been spared: employers and employees; landlords and tenants; consumers and retail traders. Air travel and cruise holidays lining have almost disappeared. A number of airline companies have indeed collapsed. Governments have had to intervene in order to help businesses to survive.
The economic, financial and legal consequences of the pandemic are potentially massive. So what is the position of the law in the age of Covid-19? How does and how should the law respond to this crisis? To answer these questions, we have invited a group of expert colleagues and asked them to identify and briefly share with us their views on a number of relevant challenges, difficulties and issues which they have encountered in their respective areas of interest during these past difficult months.