Standing Group on International Relations
The Hague, 9-11 September 2004
The Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Science Research organised its fifth pan-European conference on the theme ‘Constructing World Orders’. The conference brought together approximately 700 participants from 46 different countries presenting 600 papers in 40 thematic sections. The Hague provided an appropriate setting for a series of panels on International Law while the recent enlargement of the European Union was the subject of several sessions on European integration. Further sections included work on global governance in theory and practice; global and regional security governance; globalisation and power; global transformations, transnational decision-making authorities and human security; international political economy and the construction of world orders; transnational politics; states, regions and regional word orders. The conference benefited from high quality papers on this wide range of topics and offered important opportunities for a pan-European dialogue thanks to the presence of a large number of academics from Central and Eastern Europe. The conference was convened by Richard Higgott and Eleni Tsingou of CSGR and Jaap de Wilde of the University of Twente. More information on SGIR as well as a paper archive can be found at www.sgir.org.