Online conference: D-DebtCon 2020: Distributed Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference – 07 September 2020 , 09:00 – 18 September 2020, 18:00
The ongoing global public health crisis magnifies persistent sovereign debt problems and poses new ones of unprecedented scale and scope.
Recognizing the need for creative, research-based solutions, a group of leading academic and policy institutions from around the world will co-host a virtual Distributed Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (D-DebtCon) in nine countries, spanning five continents, from 7 September to 18 September 2020.
Each day between September 7 and September 18 will feature academic and policy panels in South Africa, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, Singapore, the United States, Barbados, the United Kingdom, and China.
Participants will discuss topics such as sovereign debt sustainability and debt vulnerabilities, restructuring architecture, debt transparency, fiscal federalism, resilience against pandemic and climate shocks, financial history, and the particular debt challenges facing countries in Africa and Latin America, as well as China and the European Union.
The Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference, or DebtCon, was launched at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at Georgetown in January 2016. Its mission is to engage scholars and practitioners across geographic, disciplinary, and institutional boundaries to help solve pressing sovereign debt problems. DebtCon brings cutting-edge research to bear on policy and market practice, and helps make research more impactful with exposure to real-world policy and market experience. D-DebtCon will carry on the mission and expand the reach of the DebtCon project at this critical time. DebtCon4 will return in person at the European University Institute (EUI) in 2021.
Since 2019, DebtCon has been part of the Sovereign Debt Forum, a collaboration among Georgetown IIEL, Queen Mary University London and EUI, to encourage and disseminate policy-relevant research, and help improve government debt management capacity, particularly in vulnerable economies. Past programs in Washington and Geneva may be found at this link.
Programme and registration
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- 7 September: Addressing the African Debt Conundrum (University of Pretoria)
- 8 September: Sovereign Debt in the European Union (European University Institute)
- 9 September: Tradeoffs and Outcomes in Sovereign Debt Restructurings: The Views of Academics and Argentine Policymakers (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)
- 10 September: Financial History (The Graduate Institute)
- 11 September: China’s Debt and Asia’s Perspective on Sovereign Debt (INSEAD, CEPR,ABFER, NUS Business School)
- 14 September: A Pandemic Test for International Financial Architecture (Georgetown Law IIEL)
- 15 September: Debt Resilience (Barbados FSC)
- 16 September: Revisiting CACs, Considering Domestic and External Arrears (CCLS, Queen Mary University London)
- 17 September: COVID-19 Pandemic and Rising Global Debt (Tsinghua University)
- 18 September: Public challenges to private recognition regimes; Private enforcement of public debt: managing the externalities (International Insolvency Institute)
Download the detailled programme (PDF, 120 KB)
Graduate Institute session on financial history, 10 September 2020
The Graduate Institute’s session on 10 September 2020 will focus on financial history.
Presentations and Panel Discussions will feature: Michael Bordo (TBC), Nathan Sussman, Rui Esteves, Marc Flandreau, Simon Hinrichsen, Christopher Meissner (TBC), Ugo Panizza, Paul Schmelzing (TBC), Edwin M. Truman