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International Relations

Standing Group

Number of members: 384


  • Daniela Irrera (Università di Catania)
  • Dirk De Bièvre (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  • Andreas von Staden (Universität Hamburg)
  • Nora Stappert (University of Copenhagen)
  • Nikitas Konstantinidis (IE School of Global and Public Affairs )
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The ECPR Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas, experience and findings in the field of international relations; the strengthening of the discipline of International Relations within European academic institutions; and the improvement of research and teaching of international relations. Key activities of the Standing Group are the European International Relations Summer School (EIRSS) and the European Journal of International Relations, and participation in the Pan-European International Relations Conference.


1. The ECPR Standing Group aims to contribute to the further development of teaching and scholarly research within the field outlined in the application for Standing Group status. More specifically, it aims to:


a) Contribute to the development of epistemological, theoretical, and methodological pluralism in the field of International Relations;

b) Establish, develop and maintain an international network of researchers in the field of International Relations;

c) Work with other organizations dedicated to the scholarly study of all subfields of International Relations;

d) Develop links between experienced academics and junior scholars working in the field of International Relations;

f) Organize regular events for the International Relations community such as conference sections, panels, workshops, summer schools;

g) Stimulate scholarly publications in the field of International Relations, amongst others by co-publishing the European Journal of International Relations;

h) Articulate its members’ views vis-à-vis ECPR central bodies and the wider academic community.





2. In addition to scholars affiliated to an ECPR member-institution who automatically become members of the Standing Group if they register as such through MyECPR (subject to receipt of membership dues if required), others who may apply for membership can be admitted by the Standing Group Steering Committee if they show an active interest in scholarly study in the Standing Group’s field. Such membership becomes effective as soon as the Steering Committee informs ECPR Central Services of its decision. The Standing Group does not charge any additional membership fee.


3. The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of five members elected by and from the Standing Group members for a period of three years, renewable.


4. At least half a year before the Steering Committee’s term of office expires, it invites candidates from among the Standing Group members to nominate themselves within one month. If after that deadline fewer than five candidates and/or fewer than three candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions have nominated themselves, the nomination period is extended for another month.


5. If only five candidates have nominated themselves, including at least three candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, they are declared elected.


6. If more than five candidates have nominated themselves, but only three candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the latter three candidates are declared elected; elections will be held only to assign the two remaining seats on the Steering Committee to the candidates not yet declared elected.


7. If sufficient candidates have nominated themselves to have elections for all or part of the seats, the Steering Committee notifies ECPR Central Services within a month after nominations have closed of the names of the candidates, and of the number of seats to be filled.


8. ECPR Central Services will notify all Standing Group members of the period within and manner by which they can cast their vote.


9. The electoral system is STV as used for ECPR Executive Committee elections.


10. If all five seats on the Steering Committee are to be filled, and the candidates who

meet the electoral quota do not include at least three candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the non-affiliated candidate meeting the electoral quota with the lowest number of votes is removed. This procedure is repeated until at least three candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions are elected.


11. At its first meeting, the newly elected Steering Committee elects its own Convenor,

Secretary, and Treasurer. The Convenor and Treasurer are affiliated to ECPR member institutions. The newly elected Convenor immediately notifies ECPR Central Services of the names and functions of the new Steering Committee.


12. This Constitution can be amended by a two-thirds majority of Standing Group members voting in an electronic ballot, provided at least thirty percent of Standing Group members cast a vote.

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