Associate Fellows



Associate Fellow

Ph.D. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), LL.M. Leiden University, LL.B. (Hons.) Brunel University
  • Senior Research Fellow, Middle East Institute
  • Associate Fellow, Faculty of Law
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015)
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Research Interests

Public international law
Legal history
Human rights
Use of force
Arab-Israeli dispute

Brief Biodata

Victor Kattan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute and an Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Previously, Victor was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law where he was also the course convener on the Use of Force in International Law. Before Victor moved to Singapore, he was a legal adviser to the Government of Palestine in Ramallah on secondment from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Jerusalem.

Victor has lectured extensively overseas and taken part in workshops organized by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has acted as a consultant for the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Oxford Research Group, and a number of governments. Victor has authored numerous articles on International Law and is the author of the critically acclaimed book From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 (London: Pluto Press, 2009).


Representative Publications

1. "Self-determination during the Cold War: UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 (1960), the Prohibition of Partition, and the Establishment of the British Indian Ocean Territory (1965)", 19 The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (2015), pp. 419-468.

2. "To Consent or Revolt? European Public Law, the Three Partitions of Poland (1772, 1793, and 1795) and the Birth of National Self-Determination", 17 (2) The Journal of the History of International Law (2015), pp. 247-281.

3. "Decolonizing the International Court of Justice: The Experience of Judge Sir Muhammed Zafrulla Khan in the South West Africa cases" 5(2) The Asian Journal of International Law (2015), pp. 310-355.

4. "The Ghosts of the Temple of Preah Vihear/ Phra Viharn in the 2013 Judgment", 5(1) The Asian Journal of International Law (2015), pp. 16-25.

5. "The Implications of Joining the ICC after ‘Operation Protective Edge’", XLIV, The Journal of Palestine Studies (2014), pp. 61-73.

6. From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 (London: Pluto Press; New York: Palgrave Macmillan; June 2009).

7. The Palestine Question in International Law ed. (London: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).

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