Opening Pandora's Box: Sovereign Bonds in International Arbitration
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law; Lauterpacht Centre for International Law; University of Cambridge - Jesus College
September 7, 2007
American Journal of International Law, Vol. 101, pp. 711-759, 2007
In recent years, sovereign debt crises have received much attention from the perspective of international public policy, but an effective legal solution to sovereign defaults has yet to coalesce within international law. Over the last two decades, private creditors have increasingly resorted to litigation in national courts, though without great success, in an effort to obtain payment on defaulted sovereign debt. Another, emerging option is arbitration - in particular, before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Will ICSID be the new venue of choice for recovering on sovereign bonds? The conclusion reached here is that attempts to take defaulting countries to ICSID arbitration are unlikely to succeed.
The Spanish version of this paper can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2038976
Number of Pages in PDF File: 49
Keywords: ICSID, arbitration, Argentina, sovereign debt, sovereign default, non-payment, investment, fair and equitable treatment
JEL Classification: F34, F40, H63, K33Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 8, 2010
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