John Oberdiek writes and teaches in torts and tort theory, as well as in legal, political, and moral philosophy more broadly. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, and studied philosophy and law as a post-graduate at Oxford, NYU, from which he holds an MA, and the University of Pennsylvania, which granted him his JD and PhD through its dual-degree fellowship program. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004, he practiced law at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
Professor Oberdiek has presented his work widely in colloquia, including at Yale, Harvard, and Virginia, and at major conferences, including Kings College London's Moral Values and Private Law conference, Northwestern's Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics conference, the North American Workshop in Private Law Theory, and the Analytic Legal Philosophy Conference. He is a past chair of the AALS's sections on both Jurisprudence and Scholarship. In 2005-06, he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. In spring 2012, he was a visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Acting Dean and then Acting Co-Dean, leading the merger that created Rutgers Law School, following a two-year term as Vice Dean.
In addition, Professor Oberdiek is Associate Graduate Faculty in the Rutgers-New Brunswick Philosophy Department and a Director of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy, under whose auspices he has organized several major conferences. He is also Co-Editor of the peer-reviewed professional journal Law and Philosophy, Co-Editor of the biennial series Oxford Studies in Private Law Theory, a member of the Editorial Board of Legal Theory, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and both a member of the American Law Institute and an Adviser to the ALI's Restatement (Fourth) of Property.