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 organizing conferences, seminars, and policy fora to convene experts, researchers and practitioners from diverse academic, policy, and market spheres.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon)

April 27 – April 29, 2023

Georgetown Law IIEL and the Sovereign Debt Forum will co-host the next Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon) in the Spring of 2023 with academic partners in the United States and around the world. DebtCon6 will be held Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Watch this space for the call for papers and other announcements.

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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