CIGI-Columbia University Workshop on Sovereign Debt Restructuring

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 8:00 AM
Sep 22

The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s Global Economy Program and Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) will co-host a conference on Sovereign Debt Restructuring, to be held at Columbia University on September 22, 2015. Sovereign debt restructuring plays a major role in the preservation of financial and political stability. However, no commonly agreed multinational rules exist and each case has the potential to open the door to greater instability and to spread antagonism.

This CIGI-IPD conference at Columbia University will summarize lessons learned over the past year of discussions led by the United Nations, ICMA, the IMF, Columbia University IPD and CGEG, CIGI, and UNCTAD, and aim  to provide guidance to policymakers and inform the ongoing discussions at the United Nations on how to implement a multinational legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring. Director of the Global Economy Program Domenico Lombardi, Senior Fellows Gregory Makoff and Susan Schadler, and Manager of the Global Economy Program Alisha Clancy will attend on behalf of CIGI's Global Economy program. Director of the International Law Research Program Oonagh Fitzgerald, and Senior Fellows Mark Jewett and Steven Schwarcz Swill attend on behalf of the International Law Research program.

Event Speakers

Domenico Lombardi is the former director of the Global Economy Program and a former member of the executive management committee at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He serves on the advisory boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Bretton Woods Committee in Washington, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Asian Economic Panel.

Susan Schadler is a CIGI Senior Fellow. She is a former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s European Department. Her research interests include the sovereign debt crisis, global capital flows, global financial institutions and growth models for emerging market economies.

CIGI Senior Fellow Gregory Makoff researches issues in international financial policy, including the management of sovereign debt crises. He is an expert in sovereign debt and an experienced debt capital markets professional.

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Mark Jewett is a CIGI senior fellow. He is counsel to Bennett Jones LLP, where his practice focuses on domestic and international aspects of financial law.

Steven L. Schwarcz is a CIGI senior fellow and the Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business at Duke University. Steven is an expert on systemic risk and financial regulation, corporate governance of systemically important firms, cross-border resolution measures and sovereign debt restructuring.