The COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Law: A Series of Posts from the Oxford Business Law Blog

34 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020

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Gert-Jan Boon

Leiden University - Leiden Law School

Markus K. Brunnermeier

Princeton University - Department of Economics

Horst Eidenmueller

University of Oxford; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Luca Enriques

University of Oxford Faculty of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez

Singapore Management University - School of Law

Kathryn Judge

Columbia Law School; ECGI

Jean-Pierre Landau

SciencesPo - Department of Economics

Marco Pagano

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics; Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Ricardo Reis

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Kristin van Zwieten

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: April 11, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 Pandemic is the biggest challenge for the world since World War Two, warned UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on 1 April 2020. Millions of lives may be lost. The threat to our livelihoods is extreme as well. Job losses worldwide may exceed 25 million.

Legal systems are under extreme stress too. Contracts are disrupted, judicial services suspended, and insolvency procedures tested. Quarantine regulations threaten constitutional liberties. However, laws can also be a powerful tool to contain the effects of the pandemic on our lives and reduce its economic fallout. To achieve this goal, rules designed for normal times might need to be adapted to ‘crisis-mode’, at least temporarily. Business Laws in particular fulfil an important function in this context. Our livelihoods depend on how well businesses are able to navigate through the current crisis.

Beginning in early February 2020, the Oxford Business Law Blog has published posts on how Business Laws could contribute to containing the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and on how they need (or need not) to be adapted to achieve the desired effect. This working paper collects the posts published throughout March in chronological order. Thematically, the focus is on finance, financial regulation and insolvency laws. This is not surprising as the most pressing problem businesses face right now is to manage their cash flow. We hope that the contributions in this paper inspire more work by scholars and help policymakers worldwide to adopt the right measures to reduce the damage caused by the Pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19, Financial crisis, Financial regulation, Corporate governance, Insolvency law

Suggested Citation

Boon, Gert-Jan and Brunnermeier, Markus Konrad and Eidenmueller, Horst G. M. and Enriques, Luca and Gurrea-Martínez, Aurelio and Judge, Kathryn and Landau, Jean-Pierre and Pagano, Marco and Reis, Ricardo A.M.R. and van Zwieten, Kristin, The COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Law: A Series of Posts from the Oxford Business Law Blog (April 11, 2020). Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3573419 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3573419

Gert-Jan Boon

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

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Markus Konrad Brunnermeier

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Horst G. M. Eidenmueller

University of Oxford ( email )

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Luca Enriques (Contact Author)

University of Oxford Faculty of Law ( email )

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Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

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Kathryn Judge

Columbia Law School ( email )

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ECGI ( email )

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Jean-Pierre Landau

SciencesPo - Department of Economics ( email )

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Marco Pagano

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Napoli, 80126
Italy
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Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

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Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
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1000 Brussels
Belgium

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Ricardo A.M.R. Reis

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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United Kingdom

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Kristin Van Zwieten

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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St Cross Road
Oxford, OX1 3UL
United Kingdom

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

c/o the Royal Academies of Belgium
Rue Ducale 1 Hertogsstraat
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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