COVID-19


Dealing with the (legal) risks of decision-making in times of crisis

The French Senate recently walked back a state of emergency provision that shielded decision-makers from criminal responsibility related to their actions during the COVID-19 crisis. Law researcher Sophie Duroy analyses the provision, its rationale, and proposes an approach to high-risk decision-making that ensures legality while safeguarding effectiveness.

Economic policies for the aftermath of COVID-19

George Papaconstantinou and Sebastian Diessner lay out key take-aways from a high-level discussion on economic policies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and the Social Contract: A Lesson from Sub-Saharan Africa

Political theorist and Max Weber Fellow, Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi examines compliance with COVID-19 restrictions among citizens in African countries, and locates high levels of cooperation in the mutual respect and obligation people feel towards each other, rather than to state governments.

Corona Solidarity

Survey data collected by YouGov in April 2020 indicate that, in this time of pandemic, Europeans are favourable to policies that support solidarity across the Union. Read the analysis by political scientists Björn Bremer and Philipp Genschel.

Learning from trade policy responses in the COVID-19 pandemic

International trade experts Bernard Hoekman, Matteo Fiorini and Aydin Yildirim urge countries to share information and pursue plurilateral agreements to guarantee supplies of crucial medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.