A growing number of countries face large and sometimes unsustainable debt burdens. Global interest rates and commodity prices have risen, many currencies are weak relative to the dollar, and China appears to be reducing its overseas lending activities. Many countries owe funds to a broad array of creditors, official and private. At the same time, the international architecture for addressing sovereign defaults and effecting sovereign debt restructurings remains incomplete.
DebtCon6 brings together individuals from academia, government, law and finance, allowing for conversations between scholars and practitioners. Many academics study the economic, political and legal aspects of sovereign debt. The first five editions of DebtCon – four in person and one virtual -- have brought together these scholars, establishing the conference as a unique venue for presenting legal, historical and social scientific research on sovereign debt-related issues. DebtCon meetings also provide a venue for discussing the policy implications of academic research. In 2023, we hope to broaden the policy-related conversation with increased participation from practitioners and scholars from the Global South.
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.