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Meet: Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney is a British-Lebanese barrister, human rights activist, and philanthropist known for her work in international law and human rights. Despite being most known for her marriage to Hollywood's George Clooney, Amal Clooney is a highly respected human rights lawyer who has worked on some of the most high-profile cases of her time.

Key milestones


Amal Clooney graduated from St Hugh's College, Oxford, with a degree in Jurisprudence


Amal earned a Master of Laws from New York University School of Law


Amal worked as a clerk at the International Court of Justice


Amal became a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers


Amal was appointed to the UK's panel of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict


Amal co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice

Contributions to the law

Amal Alamuddin was born in Beirut and raised up in Buckinghamshire. After completing her undergraduate degree in Jurisprudence at St Hugh's College, Oxford, Amal went on to earn a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law. She also studied at the Hague Academy of International Law and worked as a clerk at the International Court of Justice.

Amal began her legal career as a clerk for Judge Vladen S. Vereshchetin at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. She then worked at a number of prestigious law firms, including Sullivan & Cromwell and Doughty Street Chambers.

Throughout her career, Amal has been involved in a number of high-profile human rights cases. She has represented clients before international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights. She has also worked on cases involving human rights abuses in countries such as Syria, Cambodia, and the Maldives.

Atop her legal work, Amal is involved in philanthropy and advocacy. She is a co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which supports efforts to promote equality and advance the rule of law around the world. She has also served as a senior advisor to the United Nations and has worked on initiatives to promote the rights of women and girls.

Amal's contributions to the law have been widely recognized. In 2015, she was appointed to the UK's panel of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict. She has also been awarded a number of prestigious honors, including the Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association and the Freedom Award from the International Rescue Committee.

This is one in a series of profiles of women who have made incredible contributions to the legal profession and continue to inspire the next generation.

Niamh O'Connor / niamhfoconnor / published 23.03.2023

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