17 Facts About Amal Alamuddin


Amal Alamuddin's clients include Nobel Prize laureate Maria Ressa; former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed; Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in his fight against extradition; former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko; Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy; and Nobel Prize laureate Nadia Murad.

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Amal Alamuddin is the co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, together with her husband, George Clooney.

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Amal Alamuddin's family left Lebanon when she was two years old, during the Lebanese Civil War, and settled in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.

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Amal Alamuddin returned to Lebanon in 1991 after the end of the civil war.

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Amal Alamuddin's mother, Bariaa, is from a family of Sunni Muslims from Tripoli in Northern Lebanon, and is a political journalist and foreign editor of the Pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat.

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Amal Alamuddin is a founder of the public relations company International Communication Experts, which is part of a larger company that specialises in celebrity guest bookings, publicity photography, and event promotion.

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Amal Alamuddin then studied at St Hugh's College, Oxford, where she received an exhibition grant and the Shrigley Award.

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Amal Alamuddin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in jurisprudence in 2000.

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Amal Alamuddin received the Jack J Katz Memorial Award for excellence in entertainment law.

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Amal Alamuddin was admitted to the bar in New York in 2002, and called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010.

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Amal Alamuddin has practised at international courts in The Hague, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

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Amal Alamuddin completed a judicial clerkship at the International Court of Justice in 2004, serving under Judge Vladlen S Vereshchetin from Russia, Judge Nabil Elaraby from Egypt, and ad hoc Judge Sir Franklin Berman from the United Kingdom.

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Amal Alamuddin was based in The Hague working in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she was Judicial assistant to Judge Patrick Robinson, Presiding Judge.

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Amal Alamuddin is a practising barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

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Amal Alamuddin is described as 'a brilliant legal mind' who 'handles cases of real international importance' and 'knows her brief inside out'.

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Amal Alamuddin is said to be a 'natural lead advocate' who is 'tactically first class' and 'a rare combination of intellectual depth and pragmatism'.

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Amal Alamuddin became engaged to actor George Clooney on 28 April 2014.

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