DebtCon4 is scheduled to take place in September 2020. More details on format changes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced in June 2020. Past DebtCon conferences have featured keynote remarks by finance ministers and central bank governors, research presentations by leading scholars and practitioners in law, economics, finance, history, sociology and anthropology, and panel discussions of pressing policy challenges, from climate change to financial technology.
Georgetown Law's IIEL and CCLS at Queen Mary University of London launched the Sovereign Debt Forum, an initiative to address urgent debt policy challenges, in October of 2019 at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. #SDForum
The Forum serves as an interdisciplinary research hub and a platform for capacity building, policy development, and research-dissemination programs. The Forum’s work capacity building 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.
- 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.
On 10 June 2020, Sovereign Debt Forum experts and policy officials from the IMF and the World Bank consider the rising tide of debt distress, further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and review historical precedents, legal and policy options for managing the crisis in low- and middle-income economies.
Georgetown Law Professors Anna Gelpern and Sean Hagan discuss the increasing urgency of sovereign debt management reforms in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and similar "global shocks".