54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313
Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Registration - 18:15
Start - 18:30
Finish - 20:00
Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to welcome you to our next "In conversation with..." event. Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein was, until September of this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. On 30th October he will be speaking with our Joint Head of Chambers, Geoffrey Robertson QC, about his career as a defender of human rights, and his work in international diplomacy. We very much hope you may be able to join us.
We are also very excited that Zeid has joined Doughty Street as an expert member of our Academic Panel, as you may have seen announced in online editions of The Times today.
As High Commissioner Zeid has been a true champion of human rights, fighting for justice and the rights of the most vulnerable around the world. He has pushed for accountability for ISIS crimes, spoken against some of the worst abuses of the US, Saudi Arabia, Burma and more. Closer to home Zeid was quick to criticise Katie Hopkins for using the term ‘cockroaches’ to refer to migrants in her column in The Sun. He was the first Muslim to lead the UN Human Rights Office. On taking the post he said:
There is no justification, ever, for the degrading, the debasing or the exploitation of other human beings – on whatever basis: nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or caste.
Zeid has previously served as Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the UN; President of the UN Security Council; President of the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court; and as Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping.
Please join us, with other human rights defenders and international lawyers, to learn more about Zeid's varied career and unique insights. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to ask Zeid questions, and then a drinks reception.