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Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky dará una conferencia el próximo miércoles 5 de noviembre en la Universidad de Warwick. Esta es la información por si alguien estuviese interesado:

PUBLIC LECTURE: Debt and Human Rights: The Case of Financial Complicity

Wednesday 5 November, 4-5.30pm in S0.21, Social Sciences Building, followed by a drinks reception.

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the United Nations’ Independent Expert on the Effects of Foreign Debt and other Related International Financial Obligations of States on the Full Enjoyment of All Human Rights, particularly Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, will be presenting a chapter from his edited collection (with Jernej Letnar Cernic), Making Sovereign Financing and Human Rights Work. Tim Jones, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer with the UK’s Jubilee Debt Campaign and columnist for The Guardian, will act as discussant. For further details see our poster for the event.

If you are interested in attending this lecture, please register here or email u.martin@warwick.ac.uk

Se ha publicado mi ‘book review’ del libro de Michael Waibel en el European Journal of International Law (2013) 24 (2): 732-735.

Michael Waibel’s book is a timely, elegant, and rich study of the adjudication of sovereign defaults by international courts and tribunals. In a time of learning the hard way to overcome what Reinhard and Rogoff’s study of financial crises has described as the ‘this-time-is-different’ syndrome, Waibel gives us an account of the underdeveloped state of the law regulating sovereign debt through the study of the relevant cases before international courts and tribunals. These kinds of disputes abound: Waibel’s book explains and assumes that ‘[e]ver since the birth of the modern fiscal and borrowing state in the seventeenth century, disputes on the non-payment of sovereign debt have been common’ (at 8). The book, which has won the 2012 European Society of International Law Book Prize, presents a thorough study of these disputes organized in two parts: the first part is a history of the varied ways in which sovereign defaults have been adjudicated on internationally over the past 150 years; the second part concentrates on the present and future resolution of sovereign defaults by international courts and tribunals, and particularly on the role of arbitration on sovereign debt.

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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.