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Dr. Victor Kattan, LL.M

Dr. Victor

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) where he teaches a course on the use of force in international law. Previously, Victor was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law at NUS (2013-2015). 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 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). He is Area Advisor for Islam, the Middle East, and International Law for Oxford Bibliographies in International Law.

In 2017, Victor was announced the winner of the inaugural Asian Society of International Law Young Scholar Prize. Chosen by a committee comprising Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Professor B.S. Chimni, and Judge Xue Hanqin, this prize recognises the best article by a younger scholar published in the Asian Journal of International Law. His article, "Decolonizing the International Court of Justice: The Experience of Judge Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan in the South West Africa Cases", was selected by the judges "due to its fascinating archival research and the sophistication of the analysis". It was described as bringing "to light an important episode in international jurisprudence".

Victor is an Associate Tenant of Temple Garden Chambers in London.