How to Manage the Coming Sovereign Debt Crisis?. (Webinar)

June 10, 2020

In 10 June 2020, Sovereign Debt 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.

The Fourth Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon4) took place in September 2020 with format changes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced in June 2020. D-DebtCon was an innovative event which was live in 9 countries and 5 different continents under the auspices of the Sovereign Debt Forum (SDF),which is a joint venture between CCLS/QMUL, Georgetown and European University Institute.The London Leg of D-DebtCon took place on 16 September 2020. It consisted of a Policy Session, and an Academic Session, followed by a keynote presentation. Watch the videos from D-DebtCon.

The World Bank, in collaboration with the SDF, which is the result of a collaboration between the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and Georgetown University Law Center, organized a virtual legal training program, 19-22 October 2020.

Sovereign Debt experts Lee Buchheit, Anna Gelpern, Sean Hagan, Mitu Gulati, Rosa Lastra, Rodrigo Olivares Caminal, Mark Weidemaier, Alfonso Garcia Mora and Jeromin Zettelmeyer will discuss in this webinar a pressing issue in the context of the Coronavirus crisis, namely the tsunami of sovereign debt restructurings which is expected in highly indebted emerging economies. In particular, they will consider the available toolkit, the best strategy to deal with these problems (looking back at the approaches of the 1980s and 1990s) and the thorny issue of when, how much, and why debt relief.

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