Best wishes to everyone attending the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference today in Geneva!  IIEL is a proud cosponsor, and this year’s event is all the more timely–and relevant to practitioners and academics alike.

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 joins the conversation across disciplinary and institutional lines. Bringing all these perspectives together is not easy but the effort is 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 will take place at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, on October 5-6, 2017. The main organisers are 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.

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