Dr. Mathias Thaler
Dr. Kieran Oberman
- 2018-present - PhD Politics, University of Edinburgh.
- 2015-2016 - MSc International Political Theory (Merit), University of Edinburgh.
- 2014 - 2015 - Postgraduate Diploma in Constitutional Law, Universidad Libre, Colombia
- 2011-2016 - Philosophy, Universidad Libre, Colombia (Distinction)
- 2009-2014 - Law, Universidad Libre, Colombia.
Awards and Scholarships
- 2018 - Colombia Científica Scholarship, PhD 2018-2021.
- 2015 - Colfuturo Scholarship, MSc 2015-2016.
- 2015 - Saber Pro Distinction, Ministry of Education, Colombia.
- 2014 - Tuition Scholarship, Postgraduate Diploma in Constitutional Law, Universidad Libre, Colombia.
- 2013 - 2014 Tuition Scholarship, Undergraduate Studies in Law and Philosophy, Universidad Libre, Colombia.
Teaching and Work Experience
2019 - present - Tutor (international relations and political theory), University of Edinburgh.
2018 - 2021 - Visiting lecturer (constitutional law and human rights), Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia.
2017 - 2018 - Part-time lecturer, (constitutional law, legal sociology and legal epistemology), Universidad ECCI, Colombia.
2012-2015 - Teaching and research assistant (constitutional and procedural law), Universidad Libre, Colombia.
Graduate fellow at CRITIQUE (Centre for Ethics and Critical Thought) (2020 - present)
Political Theory Research Group (2018-present)
The Association for Political Theory (2020-present)
Peace and conflict, Theories of democracy, Comparative constitutionalism, just war theory, ethics, Peace and reconciliation processes
My PhD research focuses on the normative assessment of public participation in the final phase of armed conflicts. To that end, I bring two bodies of literature together: normative theories of democracy and principles of post-conflict justice. In my view, most of the normative approaches to the aftermaths of war remain exclusively concentrated on discussing to what extent peace settlements include principles of retribution, restoration, rehabilitation, compensation, and so on. By contrast, political theorists lend less attention to procedural concerns of post-conflict justice in divided societies. More specifically, there is no comprehensive analysis as to whether peace settlements must be the result of wider notions of popular participation, instead of mere compromises between representatives of former combatants. I discuss this normative concern throughout my PhD dissertation, taking into consideration diverse theoretical models of democracy in the context of fractured societies.