Awn Al-Khasawneh

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Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
عون شوكت الخصاونة
Awn Shawkat Al Khasawneh - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
24 October 2011 – 2 May 2012
MonarchAbdullah II
Preceded byMarouf al-Bakhit
Succeeded byFayez al-Tarawneh
Personal details
Born (1950-02-22) 22 February 1950 (age 69)
Amman, Jordan
Political partyIndependent
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge

Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Arabic: عون الخصاونة‎) (born 22 February 1950) was the prime minister of Jordan from October 2011 to April 2012. He was also formerly a judge of the International Court of Justice.

Early life and education[edit]

Khasawneh was born in Amman on 22 February 1950.[1] He received his university education at Queens' College, Cambridge in England, where he attained a bachelor's degree in history and law.[1] He also received a master's degree in international law.[1]


From 1980 until 1990, Khasawneh held senior legal posts in the Jordanian ministry of foreign affairs. From 1991 to 1994, he was legal adviser to the Jordanian delegation to the peace negotiations between Israel and Jordan.

In 1995, Khasawneh became adviser to the King Hussein[2] and adviser of the State on international law with the rank of cabinet minister. He was appointed chief of the Royal Hashemite Court from 1996 to 1998. Khasawneh has also been a member of numerous international law bodies during his career.

He was elected to the International Court of Justice in 1999 and re-elected in 2008.[3] He served in this post from 6 February 2000 to 31 December 2011.[4][5] He also served as vice-president of the Court from 2006 to 2009.[5] He resigned from the Court by letter dated 20 November 2011.[4]

On 17 October 2011, he was appointed by King Abdullah II as prime minister of Jordan, replacing Marouf al-Bakhit (who had been accused of corruption during an earlier tenure as prime minister).[6] The Guardian reported that Khasawneh has a reputation as a clean politician and is a noted legal expert.[6]

On 26 April 2012, Khasawneh submitted his resignation to King Abdullah, who, in turn, accepted the resignation.[7] Fayez al-Tarawneh succeeded Khasawneh as prime minister.[8]

In November 2016, Al-Khasawneh was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, co-chaired by Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland, and Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana.[9]


Order of Independence (Jordan), First Class (1993); Kawkab Order, First Class (1996); Nahda Order, First Class (1996) (Jordan). Légion d'Honneur, Grand Officier (1997) (France) International Jurists Award, 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bakhit resigns, Khasawneh named new PM". Ammon. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ Blanche, Ed (1 July 2012). "A Jordanian dilemma". The Middle East. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Five judges elected to serve on UN International Court of Justice". UN News Centre. UN News Service. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Note by the Secretary-General concerning the date of an election to fill a vacancy in the International Court of Justice". United Nations Security Council. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh". International Court of Justice. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Jordan's king names Hague court judge as prime minister". The Guardian. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. ^ Vick, Karl (26 April 2012). "A Prime Minister Resigns in Jordan, and the Sun Rises in the East". Time. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  8. ^ Al Isawe, Hiba (26 April 2012). "Jordan's prime minister Khasawneh resigns". Reuters. Amman. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  9. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Two Former Presidents, 14 Others as Members of High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines United Nations, press release of 19 November 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Marouf al-Bakhit
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Fayez al-Tarawneh