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Sovereign Debt and Human Rights$
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Ilias Bantekas and Cephas Lumina

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198810445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810445.001.0001

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The Historical Context of Sovereign Debt

The Historical Context of Sovereign Debt

(p.13) 1 The Historical Context of Sovereign Debt
Sovereign Debt and Human Rights

Kim Oosterlinck

Oxford University Press

Sovereign debt crises are not a new phenomenon. Thus, history offers useful insights into the complex nature of sovereign debts and ways of addressing debt crises. This chapter explores sovereign debt problems and the responses to such problems in historical perspective. The chapter discusses historical episodes of sovereign debt defaults, how such defaults were settled and the impact of sovereign debt defaults on international relations. It also deals with the issues of odious debts, colonial ‘sovereign’ debts, reckless lending and borrowing and fairness to repay.

Keywords:   Sovereign debt, debt, imperialism, colonialism, supersanctions, Bretton Woods, corruption, fairness to repay, repudiation, odious debt

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