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ElBaradei earned a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Cairo in 1962 and a Doctorate in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974. His diplomatic career began in 1964 in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign affairs, where he served on two occasions in the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. In 1980 he became a senior fellow in charge of the International Law Program at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Since 1984, ElBaradei has been a senior member of the IAEA Secretariat, holding a number of high-level positions. Before his current position of Director General, he has been the agency's legal adviser (1984 – 1993) and Assistant Director General for External Relations (1993 – 1997).
ElBaradei is also a member of the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law. He is married to Aida Elkachef and has two children, Laila and Mostafa.
ElBaradei has served as the Director General for the IAEA for two terms since December 1, 1997, but the current US administration opposes his serving for a third term. According to the Washington Post  several intercepted phone calls concerning ElBaradei report that the Bush administration hopes to find information that helps removing ElBaradei as director of the IAEA. ElBaradei has questioned the U.S. rationale for the war in Iraq since the 2003 Iraq disarmament crisis, when he, along with Hans Blix, led a team of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, seeking evidence of weapons of mass destruction. He also stands for a more lenient approach in dealing with Iran's nuclear program.
- ElBaradei stated in the New York Times (February 12, 2004):
- "If the world does not change course, we risk self-destruction."