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Tom Tyler Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Justice Scholarship and Research

Tom Tyler, who will join the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a Professor of Law, has been honored by the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented bi-annually to justice scholars for their outstanding academic achievements and teaching, as well as for promoting the advancement of justice research across different disciplines. Tyler is currently a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School and teaches in both the psychology department and the Law School at New York University.

His research explores the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organizations, communities and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation.

He is the author of several books, including “Why People Cooperate” (2011); Legitimacy and Criminal Justice (2007); Why People Obey the Law (2006); Trust in the Law (2002); and Cooperation in Groups (2000). He was awarded the Kalven prize for “paradigm shifting scholarship in the study of law and society” by the Law and Society Association in 2000.

He will be on leave from Yale Law School during the spring 2012 term and begin teaching in fall 2012.