The first Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon) was launched at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) 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.

In 2023, DebtCon will return in person as DebtCon6 at Princeton University from April 27 – 29.

Call for Papers

The objective of DebtCon6 is to discuss state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on sovereign debt and related policy issues, and to foster interaction among academics, senior policymakers and supervisors, industry representatives, and other practitioners. As in the past, the 2023 conference will include both high-level roundtables, where practice, policy and research will meet, and parallel sessions, where established as well as emerging scholars will present research papers.

We welcome paper submissions from economists, finance and legal scholars, historians, political scientists, political economists, sociologists and anthropologists working in theoretical and empirical areas related to sovereign debt. We also welcome paper submissions from practitioners working on debt-related issues. We encourage contributions from emerging scholars and junior policymakers.

To submit a contribution, please submit an abstract and a full paper by December 15, 2022, using the submission portal.

Past DebtCon Events


Recognizing the need for creative, research-based solutions, a group of leading academic and policy institutions from around the world co-hosted a virtual Distributed Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference—D-DebtCon—in nine countries, spanning five continents, from September 7th through September 18th, 2020. Watch the full event here.

DebtCon, DebtCon2, DebtCon3

Past DebtCon programs in Washington and Geneva may be found here.