Fall 2019

Newsletter Editor: Manfred Schmitt (


  • News from the President
  • ISJR Conference 2020
  • Other Justice-Related Conference: SPSP Preconference 2020 on Conflict and Conflict resolution
  • Awards to ISJR Members
  • Justice-Related Grants
  • Justice-RelatedDissertation
  • Book Series Perspectives on Justice and Morality
  • Justice Related Books
  • Call for Submissions to a special issue of the Zeitschrift für Psychologie entitled "What Drives Second- and Third-Party Punishment? Conceptual Replications of the 'Intuitive Retributivism' Hypothesis"
  • Recent Justice-Related Publications of ISJR Members
  • ISJR Membership and Listserv


News from the President

Dear ISJR Members,


As those of us in the Southern Hemisphere welcome the Spring and come to the end of the academic year, I hope that the start of the academic year for our Northern Hemisphere colleagues has gone well!


It gives me great pleasure to announce the outcome of election for the next President of ISJR. All financial members of the Society were invited to cast an electronic vote. The outcome of this process is that Tyler Okimoto from the University of Queensland, Australia, will be our Society’s next President. Please join me in congratulating Tyler. There is no question that he will be outstanding in this role, and will lead our Society to bigger and better achievements!


David Patient and his conference organizing team have made great progress on what is shaping up to be an outstanding 2020 conference in Lisbon, Portugal! I won’t say much about it myself, as I will allow David to reveal some of the exciting things he has planned (see details of the conference on the next page). But I will say that the timing and location of the conference – nestled between two other European conferences – fills me with hope for enhanced attendance and the possibility of attracting new members to our Society.


The ISJR Executive has been involved in two other major discussions that are relevant to our members. One pertains to the nature of the distribution of the Society’s journal, Social Justice Research. All paid members automatically receive a hard copy of the journal’s editions. We have looked into the possibility, however, of allowing members to receive only electronic access if they wish. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the publisher, Springer, has not acceded to our request. If the members of the Society would like to pursue this further, we can discuss and vote on the matter during the Lisbon AGM.


The Executive has also considered implications of ISJR membership and voting rules. We realized that many members renew their membership at the time of each conference. Many, however, renew for only one year and often forget to renew in the subsequent year. Unfortunately, it is in that subsequent year that members vote for the next ISJR president. This means that lapsed financial members effectively become disenfranchised, as only fully paid members are allowed to vote. While we have considered alternatives, each is a compromise. Again, this is a matter that can be more fully discussed at the Lisbon AGM if members would like to do so.


Enjoy the changing colours of Autumn or the new buds of Spring, depending on where you are in the world! And I’ll see you all in Lisbon.


Michael Platow
ISJR President


ISJR Conference 2020

Theme             Exploring Justice: Terra Firma and Terra Incognita

Date                July 7-10, 2020 // Lisbon, Portugal

Location         Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics


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. A pre-conference Doctoral Student Consortium will take place on July 7.


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 3-4 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.


Doctoral student consortium

Doctoral students are invited to apply for participation in the doctoral student consortium and research incubator by sending a CV, and research proposal.


Key dates and deadlines

November 1, 2019      Submission portal opens

January 31, 2020        Deadline for submission of abstracts

March 1, 2020            Registration opens

March 20, 2020          Receive notification of acceptance of abstracts

April 3, 2020              Deadline for applications to the Doctoral Student Consortium

April 20, 2020            Decisions communicated            (conference information continues on next page)

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




Other Justice-Related Conference: SPSP Preconference 2020 on Conflict and Conflict Resolution

Karina Schuman is hosting a SPSP Preconference 2020 on Conflict and Conflict Resolution. Submissions of posters and data blitz talks are invited.


More information:

Awards to ISJR Members


John Jost received the Carol and Ed Diener Award to recognize a mid-career scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge in Social Psychology, Sponsored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology (FPSP), 2019. Congratulations!


Justice-Related Research Grants

  • Kees van den Bos, Hilke Grootelaar, and others received a research grant from the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Safety to conduct research on the sexual abuse and filing of complaints among Jehovah's Witnesses (k€85).
  •  Kees van den Bos, Michèlle Bal, and many others received a research grant from the WODC to conduct research on socio-economic class effects in criminal law (k€130-195).
  •  Kees van den Bos, Mirko Noordegraaf, and others received a research grant from the WODC to examine the combating of criminality within processes counterterrorism (k€90).
  • Kees van den Bos, Scott Douglas, and others received a research grant from the City of Arnhem to evaluate the city' approach to radicalization (k€60).
  • John Jost received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF/SBE-BSF): Award # BCS-1627691, “Ideological Differences in Emotion Regulation Processes in Interpersonal and Intergroup Contexts,” Co-PI: Eran Halperin (Funded in the amount of $793,835), 2016-2019.


Justice-Related Dissertations

Powerful Voices of Women Religious: Social Justice as a Core Value of a University


Michael S. Miller-Farrar, Saint Mary’s College of California


If a university founded in the mid 1800s by a Roman Catholic Order of women religious commits to social justice as a core value, to what should the university actually commit? This study brought together philosophical, psychological, and educational perspectives. Fifteen women religious, most associated with the university for decades, were interviewed about personal, social, and institutional influences that contributed to the meaning of social justice. Thematic analysis revealed an understanding of social justice as an action-oriented value grounded in humanistic principles and enacted through an ethic of care. Conceptually, social justice was comprised of four nested themes that began with a calling, followed by discovery of deeper meaning, supported by the stabilizing power of community, and finally, alignment of their praxis with their conceptual commitments to social justice. Early influences included faith, family, and consciousness-raising experiences. An identity and moral voice for social justice was also deemed essential for establishing a legacy to address the never-ending reality of injustice. Expectations for the university include paying attention to callings for social justice and building social justice immersion experiences into academic and student life.


Book Series Perspectives on Justice and Morality

As you may know, ISJR is hosting a book series titled Perspectives on Justice and Morality in collaboration with (and published by) Oxford University Press. Until now, three books have been published in the series:


  • Unequal Foundations: Inequality, Morality, and Emotions across Cultures (Hitlin & Harkness, 2017)
  • The Moral Punishment Instinct (Van Prooijen, 2018)
  • Why People Radicalize: How Unfairness Judgments are Used to Fuel Radical Beliefs, Extremist Behaviors, and Terrorism (van den Bos, 2018)

And, hopefully, more books are yet to come! As ISJR’s new book series editor (succeeding Carolyn Hafer, who has done a marvelous job as “midwife” for the three books mentioned above), I would like to draw your attention to the series and to make you consider the possibility of writing/editing a book yourself!


Ideally, the book series covers the most recently discussed and most relevant topics in the field of justice and morality research. Since the field is interdisciplinary in nature, the book series should reflect the breadth of disciplines covering the field of justice and morality research (i.e., psychology, sociology, business, political science, law, criminology, history, and economics).


Topic-wise, there are no restrictions or preferences as long as the work published in the series is research-based (as opposed to opinion-based) and ‒ if it is based in primary research ‒ commits to “best-practice” standards in the respective discipline. Apart from that, any topic that is relevant for scholarly and/or societal discourses about justice and morality is appropriate. Both authored books and edited volumes are suitable for the series. Stylistically, books appearing in the series should be directed toward a broad audience ‒ not only scholars, and certainly not only scholars in your specific field.


If you have an idea for a book that you would like to discuss, don’t hesitate to contact me ( In addition, you may also want to check out the relevant documents on the publisher’s website, that is, the proposal submission policy and the author guidelines.


Looking forward to hearing more about your ideas for the book series!

Mario Gollwitzer


Justice-Related Books

Ksenija Čunichina, Viktoras Justickis, Vita Mikuličiūtė, Vytautas Navickas, Vilmantė Pakalniškienė, Dovilė Petkevičiūtė-Barysienė, Dovilė Šeršniovaitė, Gintautas Valickas, Kristina Vanagaitė (2019). Social Perception of Judges‘ Behavior and Image.

The monograph is based on a vast project on procedural fairness in Lithuanian criminal, civil, and administrative processes.


Sections of the book


·                The congruence of judicial behaviour with the requirements of procedural justice in criminal cases: data from studies conducted in 2004, 2011 and 2015


·                The procedural justice perceptions of convicts: data obtained from studies conducted in 2004, 2011 and 2015


·                The procedural justice of law enforcement officers’ behaviour as perceived by crime victims: data from studies conducted in 2011 and 2015


·                Results of an analysis of civil court proceedings and their congruence with the requirements of procedural justice


·                How civil litigants evaluate the fairness of judicial behaviour


·                The congruence of judicial behaviour with procedural justice requirements in administrative justice


·                Peculiarities in the image of judges and courts perceived by adults and adolescents


·                The image of judges and courts as perceived by children