Digital justice conference brings together scholars from around the world

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 21:33

This week, the 18th Conference of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) brings together scholars across the globe for a digital exchange of ideas and knowledge, with the support of CATÓLICA-LISBON. Starting on Wednesday, July 7th, the conference will receive close to 200 participants on the digital platform SCOOCS, which was spun off from the CATÓLICA-LISBON knowledge center Smart City Innovation Lab

The ISJR 2021 Conference, with the theme Exploring justice: Terra firma and terra incognita, will be opened with a keynote speech by the Rector of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Isabel Capeloa Gil. The event will also feature keynote speeches from Tyler Okimoto (ISJR President, University of Queensland), Jeremy Sarkin (Nova University of Lisbon School of Law), Igor Grossmann (University of Waterloo), Michael Platow (Australian National University), and David Gray Grant (University of Texas at San Antonio). The CEO of Grupo Nabeiro, Rui Nabeiro, will present a keynote speech on how companies can integrate social justice into their workings. 

The conference will run from July 7 to July 10. The theme, Exploring Justice: Terra firma and terra incognita, highlights the conference focus on more established areas of justice research as well as areas of research that are less explored. Basic and applied research, from a range of disciplines, will be presented and discussed. CATÓLICA-LISBON and its CUBE Research Unit, along with University of Surrey Business and Economics Experiments, are the main partners for ISJR 2021. 

The conference will also include social events in which participants are invited to become more familiar with Portuguese cinema, via two short films from distributor Uma Pedra no Sapato, and with Portuguese music, and also to break up the academic presentations with lively sessions featuring improvisation (by Pierpaolo Buzza from the Improv Break), coffee selection and preparation (with award-winning Delta barista, Pedro Marmelo) and mindful meditation (with Leonor Machado). 

ISJR 2021 also includes a Doctoral Consortium hosted by University of Surrey’s Irina Cojuharenco, for justice scholars who are at the start of their careers. The doctoral students who participate will be honing their skills in both teaching and research with the help of renowned scholars from international institutions. 

The International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) was founded officially in 1997 following a series of international conferences devoted to social justice and human relations. This interdisciplinary organization is dedicated to examining justice, morality and ethics at different levels of analysis. ISJR aims to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters exchanges of new ideas and empirical findings. ISJR holds biennial scientific conferences, disseminates regular newsletters, and also has a listserv that allows for informal discussion. 

SCOOCS was created in 2020 by Professor René Bohnsack and his team at CATÓLICA-LISBON’s Smart City Innovation Lab, to respond to the need for good digital events platform in the face of the pandemic. When building SCOOCS, Bohnsack not only wanted a quick and unproblematic solution during the pandemic for the troubled event industry, but he wanted to combine digital transformation with a sustainable approach with his platform. The CO2 savings –  that customers can easily calculate on the platform -, are doubled again by SCOOCS, valued with a financial amount and invested in climate projects.

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