Date of Birth October 1, 1950
Place of Birth Madaba - Jordan
Marital Status Married, with four children
Languages Arabic, English


  • 1987 PhD. Political Science, New York University, NY, USA
  • 1986 M.Phil., Political Science, New York University, NY, USA
  • 1982 MA, Political Science, Queens College, City University of New York, NY, USA
  • 1973-1975 Post Graduate Studies, AUB, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1972 BA English Literature, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan
  • 1968 Jordan National High School Diploma (Top Ten), Jordan


  1. International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Peace Operations, XXXI Round Table, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, 2 – 6 September 2008, Sanremo, Italy.
  2. Trade Policies and the Doha Development Agenda for High-Level Government Officials, Training Course for the Regional Program, 15-19/01/2005, Dubai, UAE.
  3. A Course on WTO Imminent Matters organized by the Advisory Centre on the WTO Law on Dispute Settlements, 28/10/2004-17/03/2005, Geneva, Switzerland.
  4. A Seminar by the WTO on South-South Relations, 12-15/12/2004, Doha, Qatar.
  5. “New Int. Economic Order”, March 1977, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria.


  • 2012- now - Commissioner General of Human Rights in Jordan
  • 2013-2012 - Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC)
  • 2012 - Member of the Royal Committee to draft the National Integrity Charter and action plan
  • 2011 - Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Centre for Human Rights in Jordan
  • -Member and Rapporteur of the National Dialogue Committee (entrusted with drafting new Election law and Political Parties' Law
  • October 2010 Independent Candidate for the Parliamentary Elections (for the 16th Lower House)


  • 2008- 2010 -Director of Human Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Director of the International Organizations and International Relations
    • Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this period I headed and participated in several international and regional conferences on human rights and other international issues.
    • Head of Delegation to the Ministerial Conference of Arab – South American Conference, Kyoto, Ecuador
  • 2004– 2008 - Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva
    • Permanent Representative to the International Labor Organization, Geneva.
    • Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, Geneva
    • Permanent Representative to other organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Telecommunications Union.
  • 2007-2008 Chairman of the Social Forum, Human Rights Council Geneva.
  • 2007-2008 Chairman of the Working Group on Situations, Human Rights Council, Geneva.
  • 2006-2007 Vice-President and a Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council, Geneva
  • February 2006 Head of the Jordanian Delegation to the 94th Maritime Session of the International Labor Conference, ILO.
  • 26-30/05/2006 Head of the Jordanian Delegation to the Non-Aligned Ministerial Conference, , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 2005 Head of the Jordanian Delegation to the ILO Annual Conference, Geneva.
  • November 2005 Head of the Jordanian Delegation of the ILO Governing Body Session, Geneva.
  • 2005 Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee of the ILO Annual Conference, Geneva.
  • 2005-2006 - Head of the Arab Group of the ILO, Geneva.
    • Coordinator for the Arab Group at the WTO, Geneva
    • Vice-President of the Seventh Annual Conference for State Parties to the Amended Second Protocol of the Convention on Chemical Weapons (CCW), Geneva
    • Chairman of the Conference for State Parties to the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Geneva.
    • Member of the Jordanian Delegations to several Arab Summit Conferences, OIC Summits, the Non-Aligned Movement Summits and the World Trade Organization Ministerial Meetings
    • Participated in numerous international conferences, seminars and symposiums pertaining to international relations issues.
  • November 2004 Head of the Jordanian Delegation of the ILO Governing Body Session, Geneva.
  • 2002-2004 Director of the International Relations and Organizations Directorate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1997-2002 Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Republic of Turkey
  • 1993-1997 Head of the Strategic Studies Unit at the Hashemite Royal Court, Amman-Jordan
  • 1991-1994 Member of the Jordanian Delegation for the Middle East
    Peace Talks (Bilateral and Multilateral Tracks).
  • 1990-1993 Advisor at the Royal Hashemite Court, Amman
  • 1982-1983 Member of the Jordanian Delegation at the Security Council, New York
  • 1980-1985 Second Secretary at the Jordan Mission to the United Nations, New York
  • 1976-1980 Attaché at the Jordan Embassy, Yemen


  • 1996 – 1997 Assistant to the President and Director of the Teaching and Training Department, Institute of Diplomacy, Amman - Jordan
  • 1995-1996 Part-time lecturer of International Organizations’ Law, the Jordan University, the University of Applied Sciences, and the Princess Sumayya College, Amman, Jordan
  • 1993-1994 Visiting Scholar, Brookings Institute, Washington, DC
  • 1993 Fellow, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg
  • 1990 Fellow, Aspen Institute, Colorado
  • 1988-1989 Fellow, Centre for International Affairs of Harvard University, USA
  • 1987-1988 Researcher, Centre for Strategic Studies of the Jordan University, Amman
  • 1974-1975 Analyst (political events and other) at Dar Al-Sayyad, Beirut.



  1. The Jordanian-Palestinian Relationship and Inter-Arab Politics: the Bankruptcy of the Confederal Idea, British Academic Press, London: 1998.
  2. Jordan’s Regional Role: Balancing National Survival with the Nation’s Revival, a booklet, Centre for Strategic Studies, Jordan University, Amman: 1995.


  1. “Human Rights Council Advisory Committee”, The First 365 Days of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Edited by Lars Muller, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. Berne, Switzerland, 2007.
  2. “The Jordanian-Israeli Relationship: Federation Versus Confederation within the Palestinian-Israeli Crisis”, edited by Abdel Hadi, M., ‘Pasia’ Publications, Ramallah, Palestine: August, 2005.
  3. “Toward the Establishment of a Jordanian Party System”, paper presented at Conference on Political Parties in the Arab World: Current Status and Future Prospects, organized by Al-Quds Study-Centre, Amman, Jordan: June 2004.
  4. “World Party Systems: Lessons for Jordan”, paper presented at Conference on Political Parties in Jordan, Al-Quds Study-Centre, Amman, Jordan: October 2003.
  5. “The Concept of National Interest in Jordan’s Foreign Policy: Two Competing Themes”, pamphlet for the Institute of Diplomacy, Amman, Jordan: 2001.
  6. “Great Powers and the Middle East Region”, paper submitted at the Arab Awakening and the 21st Century seminar, organized by the Institute of Diplomacy, Amman: November 2001.
  7. “The Knowledge System and the Political Structure in the Arab World”, a seminar organized by the Institute of Diplomacy, Amman, Jordan: November 2001.
  8. Jordanian National Interest in Jordan Foreign Policy”, in Arabic, The Forum Publication of the World Affairs Council, Vol.10. No.3, Amman, Jordan: October 1999.
  9. “Lessons from Arab-Israeli Peace Negotiations: Jordanian-Israeli Talks as a Case Study”, Diplomatic Studies Publication of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Foreign Ministry, Saudi Arabia: May 1997.
  10. “Suleiman Nabulsi and Intra-Arab Relations”, paper presented at a Symposium on Suleiman Nabulsi: A Reading on his Personality and Experience, Amman, Jordan: May 1997.
  11. “Threat Perceptions: Jordan’s Viewpoint”, UN Journal, Geneva: September 1996.
  12. “The Impact of the Peace Process on the Inter-Arab Relations”, paper presented at the Fourth Arab Strategic Conference, Cairo, Egypt: May 1996.
  13. “Jordan’s Regional Role: Balancing Change with Stability”, Jordan and Korea in their Regional Context, edited by Hamarneh, M., Jordan University Publications, Jordan: 1994.
  14. “The Concept of National Interest”, The Forum, Amman, Jordan: May 1990.
  15. “The Impact of the New Détente on the Arab-Israeli Conflict”, The Forum, Jordan: March 1990.
  16. “The Bush Administration and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Ripeness Versus Ripening”, The Forum, Jordan: March, 1989.
  17. “External Challenges to the Arab System”, paper presented at the Second Arab Strategic Conference, Cairo, Egypt: January 1989.
  18. “Jordan”, In Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Albert P. Blanstein & Gisbert H. Flanz (eds.), Ocean Publications, Inc.: 1984.
  19. Translation into Arabic, with Introduction, to W.H. Auden, by Everatta, B., the Arab Home for Studies and Publications, Beirut: 1976.


  • Al-Istiklal Medal of the First Order of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan