The Limits of Relying on Science to Regulate Global Risks

An address to the Ninth Annual Cambridge International Law (CILJ) Conference in April 2020, in Panel 7: Regulating Risks to Health and Safety—Scientific and Technical Paradigms in International Law, by Margherita Melillo, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural law, and Ph.D. Candidate, European University Institute. Full title: “The Limits of Relying on Science … Read more The Limits of Relying on Science to Regulate Global Risks

Rami Makhlouf rejects gov’t demand he step down from Syriatel

Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf said on Sunday that authorities set a deadline for him to resign from top mobile operator Syriatel or they would revoke its licence – but he promised not to step down. Makhlouf said the government was piling pressure on him and threatening to arrest him unless he handed over company profits. … Read more Rami Makhlouf rejects gov’t demand he step down from Syriatel

Will the global tourism industry survive the pandemic? I Inside Story

The global tourism industry has all but ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most international flights have stopped and hotel bookings evaporated as countries closed their borders and imposed lockdowns. That’s put a hundred million jobs at risk, according to the UN’s World Tourism Organization. However, countries with falling infection rates are … Read more Will the global tourism industry survive the pandemic? I Inside Story

Who has the power to stop Libya’s civil war? I Inside Story

World leaders meeting in Berlin agree to stop sending weapons fuelling the conflict Libya’s civil war is now in its sixth year. A host of countries is involved in providing support to the two sides vying for power; the UN-backed government of Fayez al Sarraj, and the warlord Khalifa Haftar. At a summit in Berlin … Read more Who has the power to stop Libya’s civil war? I Inside Story

New Research on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention Presented at EUI

New research on the legal justification for humanitarian intervention by foreign states has opened up the debate on sovereignty and human rights obligations. Ciaran Burke presented the research, entitled “The Equitable Theory of Humanitarian Intervention”, to a panel of experts at the European University Institute at Florence. Speaking after the “doctrinal debate” in which professors Martti … Read more New Research on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention Presented at EUI

Herman van Rompuy “We Need More Europe”

The President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, has issued a clarion call to Europe’s leaders to renew their faith in the European project. In an eloquent speech marking the start of the academic year at the European University Institute in Florence, he said that his meetings with leaders in the last few weeks … Read more Herman van Rompuy “We Need More Europe”

Economics: Outlook for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012

A new report published by the European Forecasting Network at the European University Institute predicts an upswing in the global economy following the expansion of trade and production over the Winter. The research group, which brings together economists from several European universities and institutions, identifies commodity prices and low confidence as the primary risk factors … Read more Economics: Outlook for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012

Libya: International Condemnation of Colonel Gaddafi

Several international organisations and leaders have made outspoken comments condemning the leadership of Colonel Gaddafi in Libya and are already speaking of what might succeed the dictator’s regime. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “I have strongly condemned, again and again, what he has done. It is totally unacceptable. “I am sure that the international community … Read more Libya: International Condemnation of Colonel Gaddafi

In Memory of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa: Conference on European Economic System at EUI

  A Conference on European economic system at European University Institute in memory of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa. Speakers: President of the European University Institute, Josep Borrell Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank Stefano Micossi, Director-General of Assonime Riccardo Perissich, member of … Read more In Memory of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa: Conference on European Economic System at EUI

Chair to be Created in Memory of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa

One of the founding fathers of the Euro, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, died on 18th December 2010. The former Italian Minister of Finance was a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (1998-2005) throughout the introduction of the European Monetary Union. Sir David Tweedie, Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), said: “Tommaso … Read more Chair to be Created in Memory of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa

Economic Outlook for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012

The European University Institute has published a report from the European Forecasting Network, predicting the major economic and policy trends for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012. The research group summarised their findings thus: In most advanced economies, strained public finances compel central banks to keep their expansive course, while interest rates in most … Read more Economic Outlook for the Euro Area in 2011 and 2012

Energy: Nord Pool Spot Wins Energy Transparency Award 2010

Nord Pool Spot was awarded the Energy Transparency Award 2010 on 17th November 2010 from the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. Eight criteria were laid down in the ETA Rules: effectiveness, efficiency, reproducibility, innovation, simplicity of design and implementation, responsiveness to users’ needs, leverage and contribution to market oversight improvement. The … Read more Energy: Nord Pool Spot Wins Energy Transparency Award 2010

EU: Researchers Criticise Airport Body Scanners

The European Commission is proposing a legal framework for the use of full body scanners in order to prevent attempts to smuggle non-metallic explosives on board aircraft. The downside of the proposals is that selected airport staff will see invasive images of passengers, who will be effectively stripped bare. It is possible that legislation may … Read more EU: Researchers Criticise Airport Body Scanners