Victor Kattan is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, at the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy. His first book, The Palestine Question in International Law, was published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in 2008. He is also author of From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Pluto Press 2009). Victor worked for BADIL as a UN Development Program TOKTEN consultant in 2003-4, and was formerly a Director of Arab Media Watch. You can read Victor's blog, and his articles at his website www.victorkattan.com
Ever since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its advisory opinion on the wall to the General Assembly on 9 July 2004, there have been calls from various quarters for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. Some of the questions that have arisen in this context are whether sanctions are legal, whether they will work against Israel, and if not, what alternative means are available to pressure Israel to comply with international law.
“What are the legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying power, in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, as described in the report of the Secretary-General, considering the rules and principles of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions?”1