32 N.C.J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 605 (2006-2007)
Odious Debt: The Terms of the Debate

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Jeff A. King t
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.      Introduction   ....................................................................... 606
II.     The Rule of Repayment in State and Government
S uccession   ......................................................................... 608
A. The Nature of the Burden of Proof ............................. 608
B. The Rule of Repayment in State Succession .............. 609
C. The Rule of Repayment in Government Succession ..614
D. Expediency and the Opinio Juris of the Rule of
R epaym   ent  .................................................................. 6 15
III.    Definitions of Odious Debt ................................................ 621
A. A Brief Legal History of the Doctrine ........................ 621
B. Earlier Legal Definitions ............................................. 623
1.  Sack's D   efinition  ................................................... 623
2. Feilchenfeld's Definition ....................................... 625
3. Bedjaoui's Definition ............................................ 627
4. Established Types of Odious Debt ........................ 629
C. Contemporary Usage: The Three Criteria ................... 630
IV.     Odious Debt in the Sources of International Law ............. 633
A. International Custom ................................................... 634
B. Treaties and the Vienna Convention ........................... 635
1. Report of the Special Rapporteur Mohammed
B edjaoui ................................................................. 638
2. Consideration by the International Law
Commission ..........................                        639
3. Conference of Plenipotentiaries ............................. 640
C. General Principles of Law ........................................... 642
D. Writings and Judicial Decisions .................................. 644
I Legal Research Fellow, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law;
Attorney, Bar of New York; BA (Ottawa), BCL/LLB (McGill); M.St (Oxford). The
author thanks Lee Buchheit, Anna Gelpern, Mitu Gulati, Ashfaq Khalfan, Bryan
Thomas, and Stephen Toope for useful criticisms of earlier drafts. I am also very
grateful to the Journal editors and staff, particularly Canon Pence and Ahmad Elkhouly,
for their exceptional contribution to the final stages of the article's development.
Finally, I am grateful to the London School of Economics for access to its outstanding
library collection.

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