Author Archives: Luis Eslava

About Luis Eslava

Luis Eslava is Reader in International Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Critical International Law at Kent Law School. He also holds visiting positions at Melbourne Law School and Universidad Externado de Colombia, and teaches regularly at the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. His research explores the ways in which international norms and practices shape our everyday lives, and the multiple forms of resistance that accompany this process. He is a co-editor of Bandung, Global History and International Law (Cambridge 2017), and author of Local Space, Global Life (Cambridge 2015), which won the 2016 Hart–SLSA Socio-Legal Book Prize.

The State and International Law: A Reading from the Global South

Abstract: In this essay we re-describe the relationship between international law and the state, reversing the usual imagined directionality of the flow between the two. At its most provocative, our argument is that rather than international law being a creation of the state, making the state is an ongoing project of international law. In the essay, we pay particular attention to the institutionalised project of development in order to illuminate the ways in which international law gives form to, and actualises, states, and then recirculates Continue reading → Continue reading →