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15th September 2009

AMW book launch: 5 October 2009

AMW book launch: 5 October 2009

Arab Media Watch, the Council for Arab-British Understanding and Pluto Books cordially invite you to the launch of the new book by Victor Kattan, entitled "From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1891-1949."

Date: Monday 5 October
Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, 43 Upper Grosvenor St, London W1K 2NJ


Victor Kattan
Dr Brian Klug
Professor Mashood Baderin

Chair: Michel Abdel-Massih QC

This event is free, but guest-listing is compulsory for admittance. Please RSVP to or 07956 455 528.

The book will be on sale at the event at a special 33% discount price of £20.


About the book

The Palestine-Israel conflict often raises questions about international law, related to both Israel's legitimacy and violent Palestinian resistance to occupation. This book is the first of its kind to study the international legal methods used to create Israel, shedding light on the conflict as it exists today.

Kattan shows that international law was both flouted and manipulated in order to create a Jewish homeland in 1948, and that this disregard for international legality caused much of the dispute and violence that exists today. The period of the British Mandate is analysed very closely, revealing the lobbying tactics that were dressed up as legal imperative and used to deny Palestinians rights to land and self-determination.

This revealing and painstakingly researched book is a must for students of international law and anyone interested in the origins of the long-running Arab-Israeli conflict.

Read a review of the book at:


"This is an elegant and forceful narrative by a young Palestinian scholar."

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former UN Secretary-General

"By placing international law within its proper political and historical context, Victor Kattan offers a fresh analysis of a conflict with far-reaching implications ... From Coexistence to Conquest as a piece of scholarship is a welcome addition to the search for a peace in the Middle East with human dignity for all its peoples at its centre."

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan


About the speakers and chair

Victor Kattan

Victor Kattan is an Adviser to Arab Media Watch, and a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

He has an LL.B (Hons.) from Brunel University, an LL.M from Leiden University and is studying towards a PhD at SOAS on partition, for which he was awarded a scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Kattan was a Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law on their Human Rights in International Law and Iran project from 2006-8.

In 2003-4, he worked in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a UN Development Programme consultant on secondment to the BADIL Resource Center, a non-governmental organisation specialising in Palestinian refugee rights.

Kattan is the author of more than half a dozen scholarly articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict in international law journals. He compiled an edited collection of legal articles in The Palestine Question in International Law, which was published by The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in May 2008. Kattan was assistant editor of the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law from 2005-8.

Mashood Baderin

Mashood Baderin is currently Professor of Law and Head of the School of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He researches generally in the areas of Islamic law; international law; and international and comparative human rights law, with particular interest in the interaction between international law, human rights law and Islamic law in Muslim states.

Michel Abdel-Massih QC

Michel Abdel-Massih became a barrister in 1979, and since 1999 has been the only practicing Queen's Counsel of Arab origin in the world. He has been awarded the prestigious 'Outstanding Criminal Lawyer of the Year' award by the Society of Asian Lawyers.

Over the last 23 years, Abdel-Massih has defended in some of the most prominent criminal cases in the UK and internationally. He has appeared in a number of reported cases in the Court of Appeal and in the House of Lords. Abdel-Massih recently won a landmark Court of Appeal case on the Law of Terrorism. He pioneered the concept of putting on trial senior Israeli officials in the UK Courts for war crimes.

Dr Brian Klug

Dr Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Benet's Hall, Oxford; a member of the philosophy faculty at Oxford University; and Distinguished Lecturer and Fellow in History at the Parkes Institute (for the Study of Jewish / non-Jewish Relations), Southampton University.

His book Offence: The Jewish Case (commissioned by Index on Censorship) has just been published, while Being Jewish and Doing Justice is in preparation. Dr Klug is co-editor of A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity.

His writing on Zionism, antisemitism and Jewish identity has appeared in numerous periodicals, such as Foreign Policy, the Journal of Jewish Studies, the Journal of Palestine Studies, Political Quarterly, and The Nation.

Dr Klug has contributed essays on these subjects to several books, including Israel, Palestine and Terror (2008), Antisemitism and Islamophobia (2007), and The Anti-American Century (2007).

He is currently teaching tutorial and seminar courses on 'Zion and Zionism' (Oxford), 'Philosophy after Auschwitz' (Oxford) and 'Israel or Palestine? The British in Palestine 1917-1948' (Southampton). Dr. Klug is Associate Editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice, and co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices.

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“This is an elegant and forceful narrative by a young Palestinian scholar.”

— Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992-1997)

From Coexistence to Conquest

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