His Royal Highness, Prince Zeid Bin Ra’ad of Jordan, has resumed post as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He is the seventh person to head the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the first Muslim, Asian and Arab to hold the post.
Prince Zeid was variously Jordan’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Jordan’s ambassador to the United States and deputy permanent representative to the UN, with the rank of ambassador.
He also played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and was appointed by the government as Jordan’s representative and head of delegation, before the ICC in the matter relating to the separation wall built by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Prince holds a bachelor of arts from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in philosophy from Cambridge University. He was also presented with an honorary doctorate of laws by the Southern California Institute of Law for his work on international justice.