4 décembre 2016

REVUE : "Sovereign Debt", Yale Journal of International Law (vol. 41, 2016)

David ROY

The Yale Journal of International Law has published a special edition (online) on "Sovereign Debt." This special issue is a cooperation of the Yale Journal of International Law and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The special issue assembles articles that propose, and critically reflect on, the incremental approach to sovereign debt restructuring which has gained currency in the United Nations. As many experts have pointed out, sovereign debt restructuring are currently haunted by the problem of “too little, too late.” However, the political momentum necessary to adopt an international treaty seems to be lacking. Contractual solutions (e.g. collective action clauses) have gaping loopholes, despite some practical success. The incremental approach proposes a new progressive agenda. It aims at bringing sovereign debt restructuring practice gradually in line with a set of generally accepted international legal principles, including the principles of sovereign debt sustainability, good faith, legitimacy, impartiality, and human rights. The special issue, curated by Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights) and Matthias Goldmann (Goethe University Frankfurt and Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law), includes contributions by Daniel Bradlow, Anna Gelpern, Jan Klabbers, Odette Lienau, Michael Riegner, and the guest editors.

Stephanie Blackenburg & Richard Kozul Wright, Preface 
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky & Matthias Goldmann, Guest Editors’ Foreword 
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky & Matthias Goldmann, An Incremental Approach to Sovereign Debt Restructuring: Sovereign Debt 
Anna Gelpern, Sovereign Debt: Now What? 
Odette Lienau, Legitimacy and Impartiality as Basic Principles for Sovereign Debt Restructuring 
Matthias Goldmann, Putting Your Faith in Good Faith: A Principled Strategy for Smoother Debt Workouts 
Michael Riegner, Legal Frameworks and General Principles for Indicators in Sovereign Debt Restructuring 
Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Economic Inequality, Debt Crises and Human Rights 
Daniel D. Bradlow, Can Parallel Lines Ever Meet? The Strange Case of the International Standards on Sovereign Debt and Business and Human Rights 
Jan Klabbers, On Functions and Finance: Sovereign Debt Workouts and Equality in International Organizations Law

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