Thursday 05 October 2017 - Friday 06 October 2017

Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon)

Organised by the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development

Sovereign debt is at the centre of the policy debate in both advanced and emerging economies, and academic research in sovereign debt has flourished in recent years. However, knowledge is often built and disseminated within disciplinary academic silos. Scholars in anthropology, economics, finance, history, law, political science, and sociology approach the same urgent policy problems with different questions and methods. Law, market, and policy practitioners have yet more different perspectives on sovereign debt. This interdisciplinary conference joined the conversation across disciplinary and institutional lines. Bringing all these perspectives together was not easy but the effort was worthwhile because more relevant, institutionally-grounded scholarship will lead to policies informed by cutting-edge research, and ultimately - we must hope - fewer crises and less human suffering.


The two-day conference took place at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, on October 5-6, 2017. The main organisers were the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development in cooperation with the University of Geneva’s Department of History, Economics and Society, and the Institute of International Economic Law of Georgetown University Law Center.

The members of the Organising Committee were Marc Flandreau (University of Pennsylvania), Juan Flores (University of Geneva), Anna Gelpern (Georgetown Law), Mitu Gulati (Duke Law), Grégoire Mallard (The Graduate Institute, Geneva), Ugo Panizza (The Graduate Institute, Geneva), Joost Pauwelyn (The Graduate Institute, Geneva).


Download full programme and presentations/articles here.


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