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The UBA, NYU & UNCTAD joint conference on “Sovereign Debt Restructurings: Bridging Economic Reality with Law” will take place in the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires on 20-21 March 2014. Here is the program. Yuefen Li (UNCTAD), Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (UNCTAD) and I will be presenting our book Sovereign Financing and International Law in a panel moderated by professor Marcelo Alegre (UBA and NYU), with comments by the economist Jasper Lukkezen (Utrecht University). The admission to the conference is free and there will be simultaneous interpretation. Hope to see you there!

La UBA, la NYU y la UNCTAD organizan una conferencia sobre restructuración de deuda soberana, que busca conectar la realidad económica con el derecho. La Conferencia tendrá lugar en el Salón Rojo de la Facultad de Derecho de la UBA (Figueroa Alcorta 2263) los días 20 y 21 de marzo de 2014. Aquí está el programa de la conferencia. En la conferencia habrá un panel moderado por el profesor Marcelo Alegre donde presentaremos y discutiremos ideas del libro que editamos con Yuefen Li y Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky sobre deuda pública y derecho internacional, que será publicado en español este año por la editorial Tirant lo Blanc. La entrada es libre y habrá traducción simultánea. Espero ver a algún lector del blog en la conferencia.

En esta página de SSRN se puede descargar el capítulo que hemos escrito con Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, experto en deuda soberana de la Unctad, “Principles Matter”, para el libro que editamos junto a Yuefen Li, Sovereign Financing and International Law (Oxford University Press September 2013). Copio el abstract:

Abstract: 
This chapter considers the role of international law in sovereign financing, a legal area currently underdeveloped. It briefly presents the content and implications of the Principles [the UNCTAD principles for responsible sovereign lending and borrowing] and analyses whether and to what extent international law supports them. The Principles are embodied in a itself so called soft law instrument. However, a few principles are backed by international treaties and customary international law, and some others could even be considered as general principles of international law. This chapter argues that the legal character of the Principles is not determined by its soft law shell and will mainly depend on two variables: (a) the extent to which each principle is supported by hard rules of international law, including general principles of international law, and; (b) their intrinsic value to persuade stakeholders that they are necessary in international sovereign financing to overcome global problems. The fact that the Principles are well-rooted and broadly tested in domestic laws influences these two variables.

Keywords: soft law, informal sources of international law, general principles of law, general principles of international law, soft law instrument, treaties, customary international law

El texto estará disponible gratuitamente en SSRN hasta que se distribuya el libro dentro de un par de meses. Esperamos también que pronto haya una versión española del capítulo y del libro.