ISJR Conference 2020

Call for Papers

Paper, poster, and symposium submissions are invited for the ISJR Conference 2020. The 18th biennial meeting of the International Society for Justice Research will be held July 7-10, 2020 at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics, Lisbon, Portugal.


The theme, Exploring Justice: Terra firma and terra incognita, is intended to encourage submissions investigating established areas of research as well as areas of research that are less explored. Basic and applied research relating to social justice is welcomed, from a range of disciplines, in a setting enriched by Portugal’s history of exploration and discoveries.




Research that is more terra firma would tend to build on existing constructs, frameworks, models, and paradigms, It would frequently examine consequences of known types of social justice and use established methodologies. Terra firma topics could include timeless issues such as just world beliefs, social equality, ethical reasoning, and organizational justice, and a range of consequences of social justice.




Research that is more terra incognita is likely to focus on less explored topics, use novel methodologies, identify fresh perspectives and questions relating to social justice, and propose new antecedents of social justice. Terra incognita topics could include research exploring environmental, intergenerational, or ageist justice, or relating to neuroscience, physical and mental health, intersectional identity, or nudging justice.




Of course, topics can introduce novel and unexplored aspects to familiar terrain, and extend solid foundations developed in one area to less explored territories. The key requirement is that papers contribute to our understanding of social justice issues, either by deepening our understanding in established areas or by extending and challenging existing approaches to social justice – or both.

Submission Details


Scholars may submit individual papers for which only a maximum 500-word abstract is required.  Scholars may also submit paper symposia, including 4 individual papers and a discussant. For symposia, organizers should submit an overview abstract (up to 250 words), which may be included in the conference program, plus maximum 250-word abstracts for each individual paper.


Key dates and deadlines


November 1, 2019 - Submission portal opens
January 31, 2020        - Submit title and abstract (500-word maximum) for paper and symposia.
March 1, 2020 - Registration opens
March 20, 2020 -        Receive notification of acceptance of abstracts.
June 1, 2020 - Submit final papers, developmental (8-10 pages) and symposia proposals.

Conference Information


Further details to follow on the detailed timetable and keynote speakers, as well as the optional excursions and events, including the gala dinner. Accommodations will be available on a first-come first-served basis at a range of 3, 4, and 5-star hotels in downtown Lisbon or closer to Católica-Lisbon.

For further inquiries, see: our page at the Católica-Lisbon website, ISJR’s website, or please email

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