"Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought."  John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (revised edn, Boston MA: Harvard University Press, 1999), p. 3


Who we are

The International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to research on justice and related phenomena of morality and ethics. Justice is a concept with vast relevance to social life and can be studied at various levels of analysis, including intraindividual processes and individual decision-making, interpersonal and intergroup relations, organizations and institutions, as well as society, politics, and culture. ISJR fosters international and interdisciplinary collaboration and promotes exchange of new ideas, research, and theories relevant to justice and related phenomena. ISJR facilitates such collaboration and exchange through the conduct of biennial scientific conferences, the publication of a scientific journal (Social Justice Research), regular newsletters, and informal discussion by means of a listserv.


We invite all scholars interested in justice or related areas of research to join the International Society for Justice Research and get involved in the Society's activities.

News and Announcements

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 ISJR awards:


Riël Vermunt (University of Leiden) has been selected for the ISJR Lifetime Achievement Award, and David Mayer (University of Michigan) has been selected for the ISJR Early Career Contribution Award.

Both awards will be officially presented at the next biennial conference of the International Society of Justice Research, 19-22 June, 2014, in New York, at which both awardees will present an address. For further information about the conference, please click here.

ISJR Presidential Election

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Aaron Kay from Duke University has been elected the 8th President of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) for 2014-2016. Aaron will join the executive board as President-elect with immediate effect and will assume his presidency at the ISJR conference in New York in June 2014. 

The participation rate among the members eligible to vote was 71% in this election, and Aaron was elected with an overwhelming majority of 94%. On behalf of the International Society for Justice Research, I would like to congratulate our newly elected President! Well done, Aaron!

Thanks to everyone for voting in this election.  With Aaron joining the executive board as President-Elect, Clara Sabbagh departs from her role as Past-President and membership on the committee. Thanks to Clara for her hard work and commitment over the past years!

Best wishes,


Michael Wenzel

ISJR President