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.



DebtCon brings together law and social science scholars, civil society representatives, and practitioners from the public and private sectors who work on sovereign debt, to help find creative solutions for urgent policy problems. DebtCon will return in-person as DebtCon5 at European University Institute from 25 – 27 May, 2022. Leading up to DebtCon5, two virtual programs are being held on May 4 and May 11, 2022. Please click here to register for the May 4 program and visit the Debtcon page to learn more.


A group of leading academic and policy institutions from around the world co-hosted a virtual Distributed Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference in nine countries, spanning five continents, from September 7 – 18, 2020. Visit the D-Debtcon page to learn more and find captioned recordings for all DDebtCon sessions here.

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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