Tag: law & contemporary problems

Odious debt wears two faces: Systemic illegitimacy, problems and opportunities in traditional odious debt conceptions in globali

(January 17, 2007) This paper examines the way that the traditional notion of odious debt as a method of repudiating sovereign debt may undergo a conceptual revolution, as it changes focus from the illegitimacy of governments obtaining loans, to the illegitimacy of the systems through which such loans are made and enforced generally.

Odious, illegitimate, illegal or legal debts – What difference does it make for international Chapter 9 arbitration?

(January 1, 2007) Once upon a time, sovereign debts were just that — debts or the entitlement to be repaid fully, including interest. During the 1970s it was thought unnecessary to make any distinctions between debts, based on the assumption that sovereigns might possibly become illiquid, but could never become insolvent.