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Barry Herman

Visiting Senior Fellow, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

Now teaching at The New School in New York City, Mr. Herman has recently co-produced and co-edited two books on developing country sovereign debt issues: Overcoming Developing Country Debt Crises, with José Antonio Ocampo and Shari Spiegel (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt, with Christian Barry and Lydia Tomitova (Blackwell, 2007).

Mr. Herman has consulted on international financial issues for the UN, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the German Development Ministry and the World Council of Churches (in technical backstopping for the 2012 São Paulo Statement: International Financial Transformation for the Economy of Life”).

Previously, he worked for almost 30 years in the United Nations Secretariat, leading a team undertaking research and supporting negotiations on international economic and financial issues, including in the summit on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico (2002).

He is a founding member of the advisory board of Social Justice in Global Development, an international NGO. From 2006 to 2011, he was a founding member of the board of directors of Global Integrity.

Mr. Herman holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. from Columbia University.

Articles by Barry Herman

An Easy Way to Provide Debt Relief for the World’s Poorest Countries

Donor governments do not have to fund poor country debt relief from their fiscal budgets. They can tap long-unused reserve assets available at the IMF called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

July 17, 2020

Argentina’s Debt: How to Buy Time in the Pandemic

As the country faces yet another debt crisis, what is a constructive way forward for Argentina and its creditors?

May 1, 2020

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

The UNCITRAL comprises of 60 legal experts elected by the Assembly to represent all governments, drawing on both common law and civil law traditions.

October 9, 2015

Wanted: A New Debt Deal for the World

Beyond just Argentina, it’s time to find a solution for how unpayable sovereign debts are fixed.

October 9, 2015

Country Bankruptcies and the Shackles of U.S. Law

Argentina and beyond: Is there an effective global solution for country bankruptcies?

August 5, 2014

Sovereign Debt Difficulties: Had Enough Yet?

Can the fragmentary and chaotic process of resolving sovereign debt crises be made fairer and more effective?

December 14, 2012