Hayek Speaker Series: Immigration & Freedom

State control over immigration is often taken for granted in today’s policy discussions. Many see the value in welcoming highly skilled and wealthy immigrants but want to restrict the migration of others. Yet who is really affected by immigration laws aimed at keeping out unwanted migrants? Can a free society really limit the movement and activities of foreigners within its borders without impacting the freedoms of its own citizens?

Please join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a keynote lecture with Professor Chandran Kukathas on the impact that immigration law has on citizens. Kukathas’ work examines the burden and limitations that strict immigration laws place on citizens.

About Chandran Kukathas

Chandran Kukathas completed his BA in History and Political Science at the Australian National University and his MA in Politics at the University of New South Wales before going on to a DPhil in Politics at Oxford University. He has taught at the Royal Military College, Canberra; Oxford; the Australian National University; the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy; and the University of Utah, where he held the Neal Maxwell Chair in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science.

About the Hayek Speaker Series

The Hayek Speaker Series promotes Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek’s intellectual legacy by inviting prominent scholars to discuss Hayek’s ideas in light of the pressing matters of our time.

When the Mercatus Center was established at George Mason University in 1980, the first public lecture was by F. A. Hayek. Hayek’s ideas have remained at the core of our research ever since, particularly his emphasis on methodological individualism, the competitive market process as one of discovery and creativity, and institutional analysis.

The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is devoted to the promotion of teaching and research on the institutional arrangements that are suitable for the support of free and prosperous societies. Implicit in this statement is the presumption that those arrangements are to some extent open to conscious selection, as well as the appreciation that the type of arrangements that are selected within a society can influence significantly the economic, political, and moral character of that society. Hayek Program scholars – who work at the intersection of the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy – are committed to teaching and mentoring students, pursuing research of consequence, and being active participants in the scientific community.