The dark side of sustainability standards

Consumers pay more for ‘sustainable’ products, but what are they really getting? Rebecca Ravalli looks at sustainability standards and their lack of regulation, shedding light on how companies profit from the commodification of sustainable production.

Can the WHO’s study on COVID-19 underpin legal action against China?

Is there a legal case against China for insufficiently warning the World Health Organization in the early days of COVID-19? EUI Researcher Mike Videler examines information-sharing obligations under international law, the potential of a WHO-led study that got off the ground this week, and some possible complications.

Pandemic politics in turbulent times

In Mongolia, frustrations with pandemic policy have come to a head, leading the Prime Minister to resign. STG Policy Fellow Bayaraa Jigmiddash takes a closer look.

Who’s missing? The forgotten heroes of climate activism

Young people in the global south already live the impact of climate change, but their voices in the transnational climate movement are often marginalised or ignored. EUI Policy Leader Fellow Alice Hubbard looks at why this is the case, and makes concrete suggestions to ensure that no one gets left behind.

Buy now, pay later: the role of EU regulation in shaping the ‘new normal’

E-commerce has flourished in the pandemic, and the rising star of online shopping is ‘buy now, pay later’. While service providers now lead in shaping consumer behaviour, Law researcher Nikita Divissenko suggests the EU might play a more proactive role in these innovating markets.

The US election and big data: an EUI perspective

People who perpetuate conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election are only too happy to point to erroneous polls as support for their claims. Now that it appears the US election is really over, EUI economists David Levine and Andrea Mattozzi offer some thoughts regarding political polling and election forecasts.