Kieran Oberman completed his PhD at Oxford University. His thesis, "Immigration and Freedom of Movement," argued that people have a human right to freedom of movement that entails a right to cross international borders. He thus concluded that immigration restrictions could not be justified outside of emergency situations.
In his post-doctoral workat Stanford, where he divides his time between The Program on Global Justice and the Center for Ethics in Society, Kieran is continuing to focus on the ethical issues surrounding international migration. While at Stanford he has completed an article, "Immigration, Global Poverty and the Right to Stay", that argues against using migration as a means to address the problem of global poverty. The article is forthcoming in Political Studies. He has also written an article that explores the question of whether the brain drain of skilled workers from poor states could justify the imposition of immigration restrictions. He is currently working on a publication, based upon his dissertation, entitled "Immigration as a Human Right".
In the spring Kieran will teach a class entitled Introduction to Global Justice. The course is designed to encourage students to think critically about some of the most important issues in international politics including global poverty, terrorism, war, development and climate change.