Anne Fleming Research Professor; Professor of Law

Anna Gelpern

A.B., Princeton; J.D., Harvard; M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science




Jana Sneed


McDonough Hall 406

Anna Gelpern is an Anne Fleming Research Professor at Georgetown Law and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. She has published research on government debt, contracts, and regulation of financial institutions and markets. She has co-authored a law textbook on International Finance, and has contributed to international initiatives on financial reform and government debt. She co-directs the Sovereign Debt Forum, a collaboration among Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law and academic institutions in the United States and Europe, dedicated to cutting edge research and capacity building in sovereign debt management.

Before coming to Georgetown, she held full-time appointments at the American University Washington College of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Penn law schools. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Gelpern served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier she practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen &Hamilton in New York and London. Professor Gelpern has taught International Finance, Contracts, Commercial Law, Financial Institutions and International Law. She earned an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anna Gelpern, Sebastian Horn, Scott Morris, Brad Parks & Christoph Trebesch, How China Lends: A Rare Look into 100 Debt Contracts with Foreign Governments, Econ. Pol’y (forthcoming).
Anna Gelpern & Ugo Panizza, Enough Potential Repudiation: Economic and Legal Aspects of Sovereign Debt in the Pandemic Era, Ann. Rev. Econ. (forthcoming).
Sovereign Debt and Financing for Recovery after the COVID-19 Shock: Next Steps to Build a Better Architecture (Group of Thirty, May 2021)(Anna Gelpern, Contributor).

APRIL 16, 2022

“A RUSSIAN DEFAULT IS LOOMING. A BITTER FIGHT IS LIKELY TO FOLLOW,” coverage in The New York Times, April 16, 2022, featuring Professor Anna Gelpern.

AUGUST 9, 2021

THE RISKS OF CHINA’S AFRICAN LENDING,” coverage by Financial Times, August 9, 2021, featuring Professor Anna Gelpern

MARCH 31, 2021

DATABASE REVEALS SECRETS OF CHINA’S LOANS TO DEVELOPING NATIONS, SAYS STUDY,” coverage by Reuters, March 31, 2021, featuring Professor Anna Gelpern

MARCH 31, 2021

CHINA’S SECRET LOAN CONTRACTS REVEAL ITS HOLD OVER LOW-INCOME NATIONS,” coverage by Financial Times, March 31, 2021, featuring Professor Anna Gelpern

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