Legal Scholars Advance the Principle of Odious Debts

Odious debt, old and new: The legal intellectual history of an idea

(January 1, 2007)

James V. Feinerman
Law & Contemporary Problems
Monday, January 1, 2007

In a sense, all debts are odious; that is, to use dictionary definitions, “hateful; disgusting; offensive.”1 Yet insofar as international economic law today is concerned, only a certain few debts can be considered “odious debts” in order to contest and perhaps eventually to repudiate them.

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