No. VII.2 - Principle of foreseeability of loss

Claims for damages are limited to the loss which the non-performing party foresaw or could reasonably have foreseen at the time of the conclusion of the contract as being the likely result of its non-performance.

1 The purpose of the Principle of foreseeability, which is modelled after Art. 74 CISG, is to ensure that the damages to be paid by the non-performing party are linked to the contract and do not fall outside the scope of that contract and are therefore totally unexpected by the other party.

2 This purpose makes it clear that the foreseeability test does not relate to the amount of damages, but to the type and nature of damages which must be seen in relation with the purpose and nature of the contract. The perspective to be taken in performing the foreseeability test is that of the non-performing party at the moment of the conclusion of the contract and, in cases in which that party is unable to foresee the damage for whatever reasons, the perspective of a reasonable person in the situation of that party.

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ICC Award No. 1526, Clunet 1974, at 915 et seq.
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BGHZ 57, 245
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International Legislation
United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
Decision taken by the Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission, S/AC.26/1992/9, 06 March 1992
Model Laws
A Contract Code: Drawn up on Behalf of the English Law Commission
Uniform Commercial Code (USA)
Uniform Law on the International Sale of Goods
Model Terms
UNECE-General Conditions for the Supply of Plant and Machinery for Export.
National Legislation
Civil Code Québec
Contract Law of the People's Republic of China
Ethiopian Civil Code
French Code Civil
Nieuw Burgerlijk Wetboek - New Netherlands Civil Code ( Dutch Civil Code )
UK Sale Of Goods Act 1979, Chapter 54
Principles / Restatements
Principles of European Contract Law - PECL
The Most Recent Legal Principles Adopted by the Arbitral Tribunals under the Auspices of the Cairo Centre, CRCICA-Newsletter, Jan. 1997, page 2 et seq.
UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts
Contract Clauses
1. Causality between Performance and Damages & Reasonableness
Sales & Purchase Contract
Liability for Breach of Contract
Any party breaching the Agreement shall take liabilities for breach of contract and compensate for the economic loss to the other party incurred by the violation. The compensation amount shall be equal to the loss caused by the breach, including the benefits that may be acquired after fulfillment the Agreement (...)
Services Contract

If the Principal refuses to renew or continue work under this contract, the terminated Agent shall be entitled to reasonable compensation for his activities that may have resulted in the apparent success in the business of the terminated Agent. Specifically, the terminated Agent shall be entitled to compensation for his promotional activities and efforts at client relations that result in goodwill that may accrue to the new Agent.
2. Limit of Liability Linked to Defaulting Party's Perspective
Sales & Purchase Contract
Liability for Breach of Contract
(...) The compensation amount shall not (...) exceed the possible loss that should be foreseen at establishment of contract by the defaulting party
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