Axel Marx is Deputy Director Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven. He studied in Leuven, Hull and Cambridge and holds a PhD from the University of Leuven. Axel Marx has managed over 50 funded research projects including multi-team and international projects and acted as a consultant to several national and international governmental organizations including the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, International Labour Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards, OECD, IDEA, and the Belgian, Dutch and German Governments and private organizations. His academic publications (150+) have appeared in four dozen leading international peer reviewed journals and 6 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch and Chinese). He recently co-edited books on Global Governance of Labor Rights (Edward Elgar with J. Wouters, G. Rayp & L. Beke, 2015); Global Governance Through Trade (Edward Elgar with J. Wouters, B. Natens & D. Geraets, 2015) and edited a Research Collection on Global Governance (Edward Elgar, 2019 with J. Wouters). He was guest co-editor for special issues in International Labour Review (2016), Global Policy (2017) and Sustainability (2019 and 2020). As a guest lecturer he has thought at European University Institute, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, China University of Political Science and Law and several European universities. His research interests include voluntary sustainability standards, sustainable development, human rights, global governance, governance through trade, EU trade policy and comparative case methods.