Amal Clooney

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Amal Ramzi Clooney (nee Alamuddin) is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and specialises in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. In addition to appearing in domestic courts in the United Kingdom and America, Amal has featured in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. She also advises governments and individuals on international law. Amal has been appointed to a number of United Nations commissions and advised Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria in addition to being Counsel at the 2013 Drone Inquiry, launched by UN human rights Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations.

Amal was born in the Lebanon and moved to England with her family when she was two years old. She won an Exhibition scholarship and the Shrigley Award at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence before studying for her Master of Laws degree in New York. She was called to the Bar in 2010. 

Amal hit the headlines in 2014 when she married American actor and director George Clooney and for advising the Greek government on return of the Parthenon marbles (known in the UK as the Elgin Marbles). 

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