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The Doctrine of Odious Debt in International Law
A Restatement

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: May 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316566619

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  • According to the doctrine of odious debt, loans which are knowingly provided to subjugate or defraud the population of a debtor state are not legally binding against that state under international law. Breaking with widespread scepticism, this groundbreaking book reaffirms the original doctrine through a meticulous and definitive examination of state practice and legal history. It restates the doctrine by introducing a new classification of odious debts and defines 'odiousness' by reference to the current, much more determinate and litigated framework of existing public international law. Acknowledging that much of sovereign debt is now governed by the private law of New York and England, Jeff King explores how 'odious debts' in international law should also be regarded as contrary to public policy in private law. This book is essential reading for practising lawyers, scholars, and development and human rights workers.

    • Provides a useful framework for distinguishing between various kinds of odious debt, highlighting inconsistencies in state and judicial practice
    • Considers both historical legal practice and current international and domestic law, employing justiciable legal standards to define odious debts
    • Contributes a thorough and definitive treatment of state practice relating to odious debt to legal scholarship, providing a comprehensive response to scepticism regarding the doctrine
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    'The Doctrine of Odious Debt in International Law: A Restatement is both substantively compelling and methodologically adventurous and, what is more, is published at a timely moment. In recent years, both the UN General Assembly and UNCTAD have attempted to re-organize the law and practice around sovereign debt relief. In this broader setting, King’s monograph adds considerable clarity to an important aspect of the vexing issue of sovereign debts and their treatment in international law.' Jan Klabbers, Netherlands International Law Review

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    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316566619
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. International law, sovereign debt, and odious debt
    3. The status of odious debts in international law
    4. The enforceability of odious debts in domestic law
    5. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jeff King, University College London
    Jeff King is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws, University College London. He was previously a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Balliol College, Oxford, and an Associate at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, New York City. His book Judging Social Rights (Cambridge, 2012) won the 2014 UK Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. He is Co-Editor of Current Legal Problems and the UK Constitutional Law Blog, and sits on the Editorial Committee of Public Law. His scholarship spans comparative public law, international law, and jurisprudence and political theory.

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