Force Majeure

Force Majeure definition

/ˌfɔːs maˈʒəː/

What does Force Majeure mean?

‘Force majeure’ translates to 'superior forces' and is a term often used in contracts to refer to events outside of a party’s control which are unexpected and disruptive serving to alleviate a party from its obligations under the contract without liability.

Force Majeure explained

In English law, the expression ‘force majeure’ does not refer to a legal doctrine. As there is no standard meaning or implied definition as to what may amount to a force majeure event, a contract may define what amounts to a force majeure event within its definitions section. The courts have sought to give guidance as to what in specific circumstances are covered by the term and generally, force majeure clauses are interpreted restrictively. Although there is no general definition of a force majeure event, it would likely include events which are not the fault of either party such as war, terrorism, disease outbreaks or nuclear contamination.

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