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Round table on “The change of Circumstances in Dispute Resolution

Lessons from abroad on the revision of contracts


The doctrine of hardship, which can result in the termination or even the adaptation of contracts in case of a later change of the circumstances which existed at the time of their conclusion, has been recently codified in the new Belgian Civil Code. Yet it raises multiples questions and represents a real challenge for dispute resolution practitioners and arbitral institutions alike. The present round table therefore aims at addressing these questions by drawing from the experience of practitioners from Belgium and other jurisdictions, such as Portugal or France, where the change of circumstances has been known and applied for a longer time.


  • Panel 1 – 30 min: Academic perspective – Chairman : Benoît Kohl

    • Change of Circumstances in Portuguese law – Lurdes Vargas

    • Change of Circumstances in Belgian law – Rafaël Jafferali

    • TBD: Change of Circumstances in French law – ?

  • Panel 2 – 60 min: Practical perspective – Conditions of the Change of Circumstances and drafting of clauses – Chairman (TBC)  Possible subtopics

  • Panel 3 – 60 min: Practical perspective – Effects and Implementation of Change of Circumstances – Chairman (TBC)

  • Questions from the public

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