Victor Kattan

Victor Kattan
School of Law

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Victor Kattan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Law where he is writing a book on apartheid as a crime against humanity. He was previously awarded consecutive postdoctoral awards and fellowships at the National University of Singapore (2013-2020). Victor is a member of the Editorial Board of The Asian Journal of International Law and is Area Editor for the Middle East and Islam for Oxford Bibliographies of International Law.

Victor is an expert in international law (especially laws of war, territorial disputes, history of international law) with special knowledge of the longstanding Israel-Palestine dispute. His scholarly work has addressed issues relating to Palestinian statehood, borders, settlements, armed conflict, the period of the British mandate (1922-1948), and the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as custodian of the Muslim holy shrines in Jerusalem since 1924.  

Victor has broader interest in partition, decolonization, and crimes against humanity. His forthcoming publications include an edited book authored with Brian Cuddy, titled Making Endless War: The Vietnam and Arab-Israeli Conflicts in the History of International Law that will be published in the Law, Meaning, and Violence Series by Michigan University Press in September 2023; and another edited book with Amit Ranjan titled The Breakup of India and Palestine: The Causes and Legacies of Partition that will be published in Manchester University Press’s Studies in Imperialism in July 2023. 

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Victor joined the School of Law at Nottingham University in July 2020 from Southeast Asia where he taught at the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College. He has acted as a research consultant for several organizations and has written reports for the European Council of Foreign Relations, the Oxford Research Group, the Human Sciences Research Council, and a number of governments. He is an associate member of Temple Garden Chambers in London.

Victor has published op-eds in newspapers, including Haaretz, the South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, the Guardian, the LA Times, and Arab News. He has appeared on television, including ABC, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, and Al Jazeera Balkans, the BBC, Channel News Asia, CNBC Asia, and CNN. He has also appeared on radio, including the BBC World Service.

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