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    Barry Herman

    Visiting Senior Fellow, International Affairs

    Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Herman, Barry

    Barry Herman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School in New York. He has been a member since its founding in 2010 of the Advisory Board of Social Justice in Global Development e.V., an international NGO registered in Germany that promotes reform of global development policies and improved global economic governance by preparing papers and organizing seminars and conferences for information exchange, advocacy and development education ( Also, from its inception in 2005 until end 2011, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Global Integrity, a research NGO based in Washington that works with independent scholars and investigative reporters on assessing laws, institutions and practices to improve governance and limit corruption in developed and developing countries. In addition, from 2004 to 2009 he co-chaired the Task Force on Debt Restructuring and Sovereign Bankruptcy at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He completed almost 30 years in the United Nations Secretariat in 2005, the last two years of which were as Senior Advisor in the Financing for Development Office in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). He consults with various offices of the United Nations and other official bodies and non-governmental networks on international economic and financial policies (most recently, the World Council of Churches in 2012).


    Recent Publications


    Herman, Barry, "Recent Thinking on How the International Community Should Fix Sovereign Liquidity and Solvency Crises," Roundtable on the Substance of a Sovereign Debt Workout Mechanism, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, 23 January 2014.

    Herman, Barry, Review of "Economic Policy and Human Rights" edited by Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson, Review of Radical Political Economics, vol. 46, No. 1 (Winter 2014), pp. 108-110.


    Herman, Barry. "Half a Century of Proposals for 'Innovative Development Financing." United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, DESA Working Paper No. 125 (July 2013).

    Herman, Barry, "Toward a New Global Partnership for Development: Looking Back to Look Forward," Background Study for the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum, Ethiopia High-Level Symposium, Addis Ababa, 5-7 June 2013.

    Herman, Barry, "Regulating Financial Sectors for Development and Social Justice," Notes for an expert group meeting organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, New York, 24 April 2013.

    Herman, Barry, “Deficits and Sovereign Debt,” in Christopher G. Bates and James Ciment, eds., Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia, Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2013, vol. 1, pp. 188-197.


    Herman, Barry, “Financial Services, Economic Needs and Global Financial Architecture: A Background Paper,” web published by World Council of Churches, Geneva, August, 2012, 50 pp.


    Herman, Barry, “A Pragmatic Ideal for Global Economic Governance,” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, vol. XII, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2011), pp. 89-101.

    Herman, Barry, “G20: Wrong International Forum for Development,” web published by Social Justice in Global Development, November 2011, 16 pp; invited summary published in German and English by Informationsbrief Weltwirtschaft & Entwicklung (World Economy and Development in Brief), November-December 2011.

    Herman, Barry, “How to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises in the Twenty-First Century,” Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, Working Paper, August 1, 2011.


    Herman, Barry, José Antonio Ocampo and Shari Spiegel (eds). Overcoming Developing Country Debt Crises. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

    Herman, Barry, “Towards a Sovereign Insolvency Mechanism: Why it matters to small Vulnerable Economies, what it might be like, and how to get it,” prepared for Consultative Workshop on Policy Options to address the Looming Debt Problems of Commonwealth Small Vulnerable Economies, Kingston, Jamaica, 27 September 2010



    Who Wants to Fix the UN? Review of "What's Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix it" by Thomas Weiss, Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai), April 20, 2013.

    Interview by Global Citizen Initiative, February, 2013.


    "Sovereign Debt Difficulties: Had Enough Yet?" in The Globalist, December 14, 2012.

    "Have You Heard About the 'Rolling Jubilee'?" Triple Crisis Blog, November 18.


    Postings on Recovery with a Human Face, UNICEF blog:
    November 8, 2011, on G20 self-asserting leadership of international development cooperation policy;
    May 9, 2011, on revenue raising potential of a small global wealth tax.


    Posting on Recovery with a Human Face, UNICEF blog:
    December 6, 2010, on misplaced austerity in European macroeconomic policies, whereas a sovereign debt workout mechanism could have better set creditor interests against social imperatives.