He is a former Jordanian diplomat who also served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2014 to 2018. [11], He delivered the Grotius Lecture at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in April 2008, entitled For Love of Country and International Criminal Law. [31], Also in 2019 Zeid was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[32]. In a speech at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Commissioner said that lessons from the Holocaust provide a key to understanding ISIS. [8], Zeid served as Jordan's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1996 to 2000. She was then employed with the United Nations Organization in New York City, where she served in the development program, the peace-keeping department and UNICEF. He was subsequently elected the first President of the governing body of the ICC in 2002 and grew it into the internationally recognized court that it is today. Chairman of the Working Group on the Crime of Aggression at the, This page was last edited on 20 November 2020, at 06:44. Zeid has been active on many legal issues, including international law, post-conflict peace-building, international development, counter-nuclear terrorism, and women’s development. She was educated at Prior's Field, Hurtwood House in Surrey, and has a BA in International Relations from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and an MSC in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. All Rights Reserved. According to press accounts, he said "The solution he proposed for avoiding atrocities such as the Holocaust was human rights education for every child in the world, beginning before the age of nine. In June 2016, he opined on the United Kingdom's referendum vote on whether to leave the European Union, the so-called Brexit process. Ra'ad bin Zeid (Arabic: الأمير رعد بن زيد ‎; born 18 February 1936) is the son of Prince Zeid of the Hashemite House and Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid (Fakhr un-nisa or Fahr-El-Nissa), a Turkish noblewoman.Upon the death of his father on 18 October 1970, he inherited the position as head of the former Royal Houses of Iraq.Ra'ad has lived in London and Paris. "It would be a harsh, mean-spirited house of blood, where no shade would be offered, nor shelter given to any non-Takfiri in their midst". He passed away on October 18th, 1970. [41] Other notable guest speakers during the virtual ceremony included Reddit co-founder and Commencement speaker Alexis Ohanian; philanthropist and former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg; Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force; and senior class president Pavan Patel. Texan-born international development expert Sarah Butler became Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan when she married Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein. His principled approach to his role became most evident when he announced that he wouldn’t seek a second term due to the trying task of dealing with governments and the limited power of the U.N. security council. From 2007 to 2010 he was Jordan's Ambassador to the United States of America, then in 2010 returned to the UN as Jordan's Permanent Representative. [25], In September 2015, Zeid criticized Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. Follow us on TwitterLike us on FacebookConnect with us on LinkedIn, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Copyright 1998-2020. As Commissioner, the remit of Zeid's position includes the right to criticise those nations’ governments who are monitored and found to abuse human rights. [8], In January 2014, Zeid became president of the United Nations Security Council and chaired the Security Council's 1533 and 1521 committees, with regard to two sanctions regimes: the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia.[10]. He spent two years as a political affairs officer for UNPROFOR, the United Nations (UN) force in the former Yugoslavia, before starting his diplomatic career. Named the Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, Zeid was selected to chair the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) new Advisory Committee on Human Rights. His paternal grandmother was the Turkish painter Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid who was married to Prince Zeid bin Hussein. Sadly, they must learn that the Zeppelin Field, the shadow of Buchenwald, the glint of the machete and the horror of life today in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic and elsewhere – wherever we live, they are never that far away. [22] The decision was reversed on 5 May 2015 after being found "prima facie unlawful" by the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. 'In this way, from Catholic parochial schools to the most secular public institutions, and indeed Islamic madrassahs, children could learn — even in kindergarten — and experience the fundamental human rights values of equality, justice and respect. [29], In response to the death of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died of organ failure while in government custody, Zeid said in a statement that "The human rights movement in China and across the world has lost a principled champion who devoted his life to defending and promoting human rights, peacefully and consistently, and who was jailed for standing up for his beliefs. He was then a research student at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he gained a PhD in 1993. Whether you are looking for the latest news or job updates or simply want to keep a finger on the pulse of the international education community, NAFSA has a number of easy ways to stay updated—all in your preferred social media platform. People Projects Discussions Surnames from The Johns Hopkins University, a PhD. Prince Zeid bin Hussein, GCVO, GBE (Arabic: الأمير زيد بن الحسين ‎; February 28, 1898 – October 18, 1970) was an Iraqi prince who was a member of the Hashemite dynasty and the head of the Royal House of Iraq from 1958 until his death, after the royal line founded by his brother Faisal I of Iraq died out..