Max Planck Lecture Series
on Sovereign Debt

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 16:00

“Sovereign Debt Restructuring and International Law”

The governance of sovereign debt is subject to both domestic and international law. Although international law remains underdeveloped (in comparison to domestic law) in this area, its general rules and principles are relevant to sovereign debt issues. These rules and principles and their adequacy will be discussed in this lecture.

Prof. Robert Howse (New York University)

Prof. Robert Howse

Robert Howse is the Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at NYU School of Law. Professor Howse received his B.A. in philosophy and political science with high distinction, as well as an LL.B., with honours, from the University of Toronto, where he was co-editor in chief of the Faculty of Law Review. He also holds an LL.M. from the Harvard Law School. He has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne), Tsinghua University, and Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada and taught in the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence.

Professor Howse has been a member of the faculty of the World Trade Institute, Berne, Master’s in International Law and Economics Programme. He is a frequent consultant or adviser to government agencies and international organizations such as the OECD, the World Bank, UNCTAD, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Law Commission of Canada and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was a contributor to the American Law Institute WTO project. He is a co-founder and co-convener of the New York City Area Working Group on International Economic Law and serves on the American Bar Association Working Group on Investment Treaties. Professor Howse serves on the editorial boards of the London Review of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory, The Journal of World Trade and Investment, among others. Professor Howse's article with Ruti Teitel "Beyond Compliance: Rethinking Why International Law Really Matters" was awarded the Global Policy Best Article Prize 2010 (shared with Joseph Stiglitz et al). Prior to pursuing legal studies, Howse held a variety of posts with the Canadian foreign ministry, including as a member of the Policy Planning Secretariat and a diplomat at the Canadian Embassy in Belgrade.

Howse is the author, co-author, or co-editor of numerous books, including Leo Strauss Man of Peace, Trade and Transitions; Economic Union, Social Justice, and Constitutional Reform; The Regulation of International Trade; Yugoslavia the Former and Future; The World Trading System; and The Federal Vision: Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the EU and the U.S. He is also the co-translator of Alexander Kojève’s Outline for a Phenomenology of Right and the principal author of the interpretative commentary in that volume.

Dr. Matthias Goldmann (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and Goethe University Frankfurt)

Dr. Matthias Goldmann

Matthias Goldmann is a Junior Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt. He studied law in Würzburg, Fribourg and New York and received a doctorate in law from the University of Heidelberg. From 2004 until 2016, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, where he remains a Senior Affiliate Researcher. His research focuses on international financial regulation, sovereign debt, and monetary law. In particular, he is interested in the role of law in the strained relationship between capitalism and democracy. From 2013 to 2015, he was member of the UNCTAD Working Group on a Sovereign Debt Workout Mechanism.

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