Victor Kattan

About/Bio

Victor Kattan is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the School of Law at the University of Nottingham where he is writing a book on the crime against humanity of apartheid for Oxford University Press. On 22-23 June, he organised an international conference at the University of Nottingham’s School of Law to examine the relevance and applicability of the Apartheid Convention beyond its original focus on Southern Africa. This followed a workshop he organised in May 2021 on a similar theme.

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Apartheid as a form of genocide: Reflections on South Africa v Israel  

On 12 December 2023, Mathu Joyini, South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told the 10th Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly, that the large-scale Israeli military operation in Gaza, following the 7 October attacks, had ‘illustrated that Israel is acting contrary to its obligations in terms of the Genocide Convention’. She added that,…

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The Crime of Apartheid beyond Southern Africa: A Call to Revive the Apartheid Convention’s “Group of Three”

The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (the “Apartheid Convention”) is a much understudied and overlooked human rights treaty. This is surprising given how often apartheid is mentioned in public discourse. The Apartheid Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 30 November 1973, and entered into force on…

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A critical assessment of the Government of Israel’s memorandum to the ICC – Part II

  In my previous post, I argued that contrary to the view of the GOI, a Palestinian state has existed since 1919, and a Palestinian government was established – even if momentarily – in the territories occupied by the armed forces of Egypt and Jordan during the 1948 war following the termination of the mandate. This was known…

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