Amal Clooney

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Amal Clooney attends a press conference at Doughty Street Chambers on October 5, 2015 in London, England. Clooney is part of an international legal team seeking to release Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed after he was was jailed for 13 years. The UN have found Nasheed's detention in violation of international Law. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

AMAL CLOONEY is a British human rights lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and human rights. Her clients range from political prisoners and ousted Heads of State to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and various courts in the United Kingdom and the United States. She has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan, legal counsel to the UN commission investigating the terror attack that killed Lebanon’s Prime Minister and counsel to the UN inquiry on the use of armed drones. Over the last decade she has worked on milestone cases in international justice. While in The Hague she worked on the genocide trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Clooney recently helped win the release of Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was imprisoned in Egypt for merely reporting the news. She helped secure freedom for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a case challenging her detention on allegations of abuse of power. She also recent helped secure the transfer of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed. She currently represents a female journalist who was detained in Azerbaijan after exposing corruption by the country’s rulers. Clooney is a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches human rights. She is the author of the forthcoming book, “The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law,” to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Clooney earned law degrees from Oxford and New York University, and is a frequent adviser to governments on international law.

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