Sovereign Debt Forum


The Sovereign Debt Forum was launched in October 2019 at the International Monetary Fund as a collaborative effort by the Institute of International Economic Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. The European University Institute joined the Forum in Spring 2020. The Forum’s work focuses on low- and middle-income countries at risk of sovereign debt distress, as well as countries that have recently gained market access and have limited debt management experience.

Forum activities include conducting and disseminating innovative, policy-relevant interdisciplinary research on aspects of sovereign debt management; developing and delivering capacity-building programs with an emphasis on the legal aspects of sovereign borrowing, debt management, restructuring, and litigation; and organising conferences, seminars, and policy fora to convene experts, researchers and practitioners from diverse academic, policy, and market spheres.

Upcoming Events

Sovereign Debt: An Agenda for The Future

June 21, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

The world is currently facing an unprecedented level of sovereign debt – and debt is continuing to pile up. The state of sovereign borrowing was critical prior to the pandemic, with several countries already facing limited fiscal space and increasing levels of debt, but the situation has deteriorated, tipping some economies over the edge.

In this roundtable, a group of international experts representing some of the key players involved in sovereign debt will discuss key areas that require further attention in order to draft an agenda to shape the future of sovereign borrowing and management.

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Learn about the Sovereign Debt Forum’s other virtual and in-person featured events here.


  • Georgetown Law Institute for International Economic Law
  • Queen Mary University London Centre for Commercial Studies
  • European University Institute

Officials from the following governments and institutions are part of the Consultative Group for the Sovereign Debt Forum: African Legal Support Facility, Central Bank of Ghana, Dutch Ministry of Finance, IMF Legal Department, HM Treasury (U.K.), Ministry of Finance (Germany), Paris Club Secretariat, U.S. Department of the Treasury.


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