Sovereign Debt Forum


In October 2019, the Sovereign Debt Forum was launched at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC 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 all aspects of sovereign debt management.
  • Development and delivery of capacity-building programs with emphasis on the legal aspects of sovereign borrowing, debt management, restructuring, and litigation.
  • Convening experts, researchers and practitioners from diverse academic, policy, and market spheres; organizing conferences, seminars, and policy fora.


D-DEBTCON (2020)

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. Visit the D-Debtcon page to learn more and find captioned recordings for all DDebtCon sessions here.


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. Visit the Debtcon page to learn more.


  • 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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