When events beyond the control of contracting parties make their contract impossible to perform, that contract is said to be frustrated. The common law developed a doctrine of frustrated contracts which provided that such contracts were void from the time of frustration. This project examines whether legislation is needed to overcome problems created by the common-law doctrine.

Keywords: frustration; contract; loss; restitution; apportionment; lease; performance; avoidance; compensation; Chandler v. Webster; obligation; sale; goods; party