Zeid, a Jordanian diplomat and member of the country's royal family, has served four years as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. His term ends Aug. 31. He has faced criticism for calling out human rights violators, but Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said Zeid's "independent, critical stance was necessary because human rights are under great pressure in many places around the world."
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been appointed to succeed Zeid. The award ceremony will be held Sept. 3 in The Hague.