MORE INFO

"Beyond Nuremberg: The Future of International Criminal Justice"– the Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights, delivered by Prince Zeid (full video and transcript)

Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Prince Zeid

June 18, 2014

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life congratulates International Advisory Board member HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein on his appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Prince Zeid was nominated earlier this month by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and was unanimously confirmed by the UN General Assembly as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 16. He will succeed Navi Pillay in that office in July.

Prince Zeid currently serves as Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a post he held previously from 2000-2007. From 2007-2010 he was Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States of America. He also served as Jordan’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN, with the rank of Ambassador, from 1996-2000. In September 2002, Prince Zeid was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court, and oversaw the Court’s growth to the point where it became a functioning institution.

In 2013 Prince Zeid delivered the Planethood Foundation-sponsored Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights at Brandeis University. His talk, "Beyond Nuremberg: The Future of International Criminal Justice,” hosted by the Ethics Center, delved deeply into the question of how men and women seek to restore their humanity in the wake of genocide and other atrocities. The full video and a complete transcript of his talk are available on the Ethics Center website.

Prince Zeid’s predecessor as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, also has close ties with the Ethics Center. Prior to her appointment to that office she was a regular participant in the Center’s Brandeis Institute for International Judges, first when she served as judge and then president of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and later as judge of the International Criminal Court.