27 Facts About Amal Clooney


Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law and human rights.

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

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

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

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

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

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Amal Clooney is qualified to practice law in the United States, and England and Wales.

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

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Amal Clooney 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 Clooney 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 Clooney is a practising barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

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Amal Clooney is ranked in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister in international human rights law, public international law, and international criminal law.

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Amal Clooney 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 Clooney 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 Clooney represents clients before international courts including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

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Amal Clooney is representing Yazidi victims in a landmark case, alleging complicity in crimes against humanity by a French company, Lafarge for allegedly funded ISIS to keep open a plant in northern Syria that operated between 2011 and 2014.

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In 2021, Amal Clooney was co-plaintiff's and victims' counsel in the first case in which an ISIS member was convicted of genocide and sentenced to life in prison.

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Amal Clooney regularly represents journalists and is currently leading the international counsel team acting for Filipino journalist and CEO of the news website Rappler, Maria Ressa.

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Since 2015, Clooney has been a visiting faculty member and a senior fellow of Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute, where she co-teaches the Human Rights Course with Professor Sarah H Cleveland.

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Amal Clooney has lectured students on international criminal law at the SOAS School of Law in London, The New School in New York City, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Amal Clooney is fluent in English and French and conversational in Arabic.

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

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