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Sovereign Debt and Human Rights

Ilias Bantekas and Cephas Lumina


The first book to address the links between sovereign debt and human rights. Authors are renowned jurists, economics, historians and social scientists, all of which examine the links between debt and human rights from a variety of angles. The book is structured around five basic parts. The first sets out the historical, political and economic context of sovereign debt. Indeed, without understanding how debt accumulates, why it is necessary and to whom it is owed, it is impossible to fully comprehend the full range of arguments about its impact on human rights. The second part effectively addre ... More

Keywords: Sovereign debt, development, socio-economic rights, poverty, international finance

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198810445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198810445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilias Bantekas, editor
Professor of Law, Brunel University and Northwestern University

Cephas Lumina, editor
University of Fort Hare, Professor of Law

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Sovereign Debt and Human Rights: An Introduction

Ilias Bantekas and Cephas Lumina

Part I The Historical, Economic, and Political Context of Sovereign Debt

2 Sovereign Debt Crises

Rosa María Lastra and Vassilis Paliouras

Part II Sovereign Debt Financing: Institutions and Modalities

5 Export Credits, Sovereign Debt, and Human Rights

Sara L Seck and Daniela Chimisso dos Santos

Part III The Impact of Sovereign Debt on Human Rights

15 Debt Crises, Economic Adjustment, and Labour Standards1

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Franz Christian Ebert

Part IV The Impact of Economic Adjustment Policies on Human Rights

19 Conditionality and Sovereign Debt

Thomas Stubbs and Alexander Kentikelenis

Part V Human Rights-Based Responses to Sovereign Debt Crises

25 Citizen Debt Audits

Maria Lucia Fattorelli

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