Harun ur Rashid (b.1934) served as Director General (1976-79) and Additional Foreign Secretary (1986-87) in the Foreign Office of Bangladesh. He served as the Bangladesh Ambassador to Nepal (1981-82), Australia (1982-84), the Philippines (1984-86) and to the United Nations (1987-1991), Geneva from where he retired. He joined the Foreign Office in Pakistan in the 60s. Later he was on deputation to the UN Secretariat in New York as a Research Fellow in 1969. He spent some time at The Hague Academy of International Law in 1969 prior to the UN assignment. He earned his professional degree of Barrister-at-law from the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London in 1961, after having obtained a Master's degree from Dhaka University in 1957. He taught law at Dhaka University and the Central Law College, Dhaka in the early 60s. After retirement, he contributes weekly columns on foreign affairs to English-language dailies and weeklies in Bangladesh. These publications include Bangladesh Foreign Relations (2001), Indo-Bangladesh Relations (2002), Refugee Law (2000), The Diary of a Diplomat (1999) and International Law: Bangladesh Perspective.

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