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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Sovereign Debt: Revisiting CACs; Considering Domestic & External Arrears

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Online event

Logos of organisations involved in Debtcon
Logos of organisations involved in Debtcon

Join us for online presentations and a panel discussion featuring: David Beers, Lee Buchheit (TBC), Ian Clark, Rosa M. Lastra, Yan Liu, Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Tim Willems, Deborah Zandstra.

Please register for your ticket and you will be send the the live stream link the day before the event.


14.00-15.30: Policy Session

Moderator/Chair: Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal (QMUL)

Revisiting CACs


  • Charles Blitzer (Blitzer Consulting)
  • Ian Clark (White & Case)
  • Yan Liu (IMF)
  • Deborah Zandstra (Clifford Chance)


15.30-16.15: Academic Session

Moderator/Chair: Professor Rosa Lastra (QMUL)

Domestic v Foreign Arrears


  • David Beers (Bank of England)
  • Tim Willems (IMF)


 16.15-16.45: Key Note Presentation

"Sovereign Debt Restructuring in a post-Covid era" by Lee Buchheit

16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks - Prof. Rosa Lastra and Professor Rodrigo Olivares Caminal

About DebtCon

The Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference, or DebtCon, was launched at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at Georgetown in January 2016. Its mission is to engage scholars and practitioners across geographic, disciplinary, and institutional boundaries to help solve pressing sovereign debt problems. DebtCon brings cutting-edge research to bear on policy and market practice, and helps make research more impactful with exposure to real-world policy and market experience. D-DebtCon will carry on the mission and expand the reach of the DebtCon project at this critical time. DebtCon4 will return in person at the European University Institute (EUI) in 2021.

Since 2019, DebtCon has been part of the Sovereign Debt Forum, a collaboration among Georgetown IIEL, Queen Mary University London and EUI, to encourage and disseminate policy-relevant research, and help improve government debt management capacity, particularly in vulnerable economies. Past programs in Washington and Geneva may be found at this link.

For more information on how CCLS is involved in DebtCon please see the Sovereign Debt Forum page.

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