Seb Eskauriatza


Postgraduate Teaching Associate

Birmingham Law School

Seb Eskauriatza

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Title of thesis: The Jus Post Bellum as an Interpretive Framework:  Can it solve the problems experienced by practitioners in post-intervention societies?

Supervisors: Professor Rob Cryer and Dr Gavin Byrne


  • LLB European Legal Studies (Bristol)
  • LLM International Law (Bristol)
    Thesis Title:  “Transnational Constitutionalism:  The Search for a Hierarchy in International Law”


Seb completed his LLB and LLM degrees at the University of Bristol.  He has experience of working in insurance law teams at national and international law firms in Bristol and Birmingham. He has also lived and worked in Germany, France, Italy and Mexico in the fields of education and international business.


  • LLB Criminal Law (year 1)

Doctoral research

PhD title The Jus Post Bellum as an Interpretive Framework:  Does it solve the problems experienced by practitioners in post-intervention societies?
Supervisors Professor Robert Cryer and Dr Gavin Byrne
Course Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur



Seb is researching the jus post bellum which is an emerging and controversial concept in international law.  In general, Seb is interested in whether the jus post bellum is possible, necessary or desirable in the subject of international law.

In particular, Seb is concerned with finding solutions to specific problems in applying international law in post-intervention environments.  These problems relate generally to occupation, the use of force, detention and criminal justice.  Many of these specific concerns can be related to wider concerns with regime change and the ‘right’ distribution of rights and obligations in post-intervention societies.

In one sense, the jus post bellum appears as part of the reconceptualization of the law of armed conflict providing an opportunity to focus attention on important post-intervention issues.  However, the jus post bellum also raises concerns of (neo) colonialism since a normative interpretation of post-conflict law would tend to favour the militarily powerful states which carry out interventions.   

The research also investigates the positivist sources theory of international law.   Attempts have been made to promote the jus post bellum as an interpretive framework that practitioners could use to make policy decisions.  Given that its codification into treaty-form seems unlikely, this may represent the best chance for the concept in the long term. 

Other activities


  • Co-Chair Student Staff Committee (2013 – 2015)
  • Birmingham Law School PGR Summer Conference 2014
  • Member Chatham House
  • Member Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Back to top