Summer 2017 Course Schedule

G20, UN and IMF: Sovereign Debt and Finance for Development (LAW-795SV-001)
Cecilia Nahon

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Meets from 5/30-6/15. Students may earn academic credit for up to two credits per week in the summer semester (excluding full semester courses). This course counts toward the two credit per week limit. To register, email


The goal of this course is to address from a legal, financial and human rights perspective a key domestic and international issue: sovereign debt. In a context in which debt levels are again rising around the world, the lack of an international sovereign bankruptcy regime remains an important gap in the international financial system, exposing countries to unsustainable debt burdens that threat inclusive growth and human rights. We will review the work and contributions of the Group of 20 (G20), the United Nations (UN) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the issue of debt sustainability, focusing in particular on the sovereign debt restructuring debate and the UN Financing for Development process. The course is intended to cut across legal, financial and development perspectives; to review key case studies (Greece, Argentina and Puerto Rico); and to be highly interactive. Students are expected to participate, to debate and to contribute to the materials assigned in class. Professor Cecilia Nahón, former Ambassador of Argentina to the US and Sherpa to the G20, will bring both an academic and insider’s perspective to the course.

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