Amal Alamuddin, excellently known as Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specializing in international law and human rights. She is also well known for being the wife of film actor and director George Clooney. She has worked for one semester in the office of Sonia Sotomayor, then a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is also an activist and author. Amal received the Entertainment Law Jack J. Katz Memorial Award from the New York University School of Law. She worked in a number of United Nations commissions and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon. As well, Amal was appointed as the special envoy on media freedom by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2019 however she resigned from this role in 2020.
- Being a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.
- For being the wife of film actor and director George Clooney.
What is Amal Clooney Nationality?
Amal Clooney took birth on 3rd February 1978 with the real name of Amal Alamuddin in Beirut, Lebanon. She is of Lebanese-British nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity as she is of Lebanese Arab and Lebanese Druze descent. Her family left Lebanon when she was two years old, during the Lebanese Civil War, and settled in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. She follows the Muslim religion. Amal has celebrated her 43rd birthday as of 2021 and as per her birth date, her zodiac sign is Aquarius. Thus, her race is white. Her father Ramzi Alamuddin, a Lebanese Druze from the Alam al-Din dynasty village of Baakline in the Chouf District, received his MBA degree at the American University of Beirut. He returned to Lebanon in 1991. Her mother, Bariaa (nee Miknass), 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. Clooney has three siblings: one sister and two half-brothers from her father’s first marriage.
When it comes to Amal’s education, she attended Dr. Challoner’s High School and then studied at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she received an exhibition grant and the Shrigley Award. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Jurisprudence in 2000. The following year she entered New York University School of Law to study for the Master of Laws (LL.M) degree.
What does Amal Clooney do for a living?
- Amal Clooney kicks off her career working at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City for three years as part of the Criminal Defense and Investigations Group whereas she is qualified to practice as a lawyer in the United States and the United Kingdom. She was admitted to the bar in New York in 2002, and in England and Wales in 2010. She has also practiced at international courts in The Hague, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
- She also completed a judicial clerkship at the International Court of Justice in 2004, serving under Judge Vladlen S. Vereshchetin from Russia. She was subsequently 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.
- In 2010, she returned to Britain where she became a barrister in London at Doughty Street Chambers and was appointed to a number of United Nations commissions in 2013.
- Amal was a visiting faculty member and a senior fellow with Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute for the spring 2015 and 2016 academic semesters.
- She was a co-professor with Sarah H. Cleveland in Cleveland’s course on human rights and taught a class on human rights litigation to students in the school’s Human Rights Clinic.
- As well, she taught at Columbia Law School for the spring 2018 semester, again as a co-professor with Sarah H. Cleveland giving a core class on human rights.
- Likewise, she has lectured students on international criminal law at the SOAS Law School in London, The New School in New York City, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Amal assisted the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the arbitration between Merck Sharp and Dohme, and the Republic of Ecuador in 2011.
- She represented Canadian Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy in 2004 who was being held in Egypt, along with other journalists.
- In January 2015, she started work on the recognition of the Armenian genocide and represented Armenia on behalf of Doughty Street Chambers along with Geoffrey Robertson QC.
- She filed a case against the Government of the Republic of the Philippines before the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on 8th March 2015.
- It was announced on 7th April 2015 that she would be part of the legal team defending Mohamed Nasheed.
- Clooney began work on the recently re-opened Hooded Men case brought by the Irish government against the British government in the European Court of Human Rights in June 2015. She worked with Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan on the case whereas the court rejected the final appeal in the case in September 2018.
- It was announced in 2016 that Clooney would represent Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights.
- She spoke for the first time at the United Nations in September 2016 before the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to discuss the decision she made in June 2016 to represent Nadia Murad as a client in legal action against ISIL commanders.
- Amal began to represent the Maldives in pursuing justice for Rohingya people at the UN International Court of Justice in February 2020.
- The UK Attorney General’s Office appointed Amal for the period 2014 to 2019 to the C Panel of the Public International Law Panel of Counsel on 25th February 2014.
- She was a signatory of UNICEF UK and Jemima Khan’s open letter that called for “action from UK Government to protect women and children” in May 2014.
- She became a special envoy at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in April 2019 as well as in the July of the following year she was appointed Deputy Chair of the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom.
- Later she resigned as Special Envoy over the UK government’s intention to break international law over Brexit in September 2020. She remains Vice-Chair of the High-Level Panel.
Awards and Achievements
- Amal was chosen as Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2014.
- Prince Charles launched the Amal Clooney Award to celebrate ‘incredible young women’ in 2019.
- The Simon Wiesenthal Center honored Amal and George Clooney with its Humanitarian Award at its 2020 virtual gala.
- She was awarded by the Committee to Protect Journalists the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award on 19th November 2020 which is presented annually to an individual who has shown extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.
Works and publications
- Principles of Evidence in International Criminal Justice
- Journal of International Criminal Justice
- The Newsletter from Lawyers for Justice in Libya
- The Lawyer
- Report of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Supported by the Open Society Foundations Arab Regional Office
- Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court.
- The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice
- Huffington Post
- The Guardian
- Huffington Post
- The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law
Who is Amal Clooney Husband?
Amal Clooney is a married woman. She became engaged to actor George Clooney on 28th April 2014 whom she first met through a mutual friend in July 2013. The pair obtained marriage licenses in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London as they tied a knot on 27th September 2014 in Venice’s city hall (at Ca’ Farsetti), following a high-profile wedding ceremony two days earlier, also in Venice. They were married by Clooney’s friend Walter Veltroni, former mayor of Rome.
Later, the pair became the parents of fraternal twins in June 2017 named Alexander and Ella Clooney. George and Amal are still together. The couple never separated. Concerning Amal’s sexual orientation, she is straight.
How much is Amal Clooney Net Worth?
Amal Clooney is a versatile woman who has a net worth of $50 million as of 2021 whereas her exact amount of salary has not been disclosed yet. She has earned a handsome amount of money from her profession as her major source of income is from her Lawyer, Activist, Writer, Court clerk, Book editor career. Additionally, it was announced in October 2014 that the Clooneys had bought the Mill House on an island in the River Thames at Sonning Eye in England at a cost of around £10 million.
What is the Height of Amal Clooney?
Amal Clooney stands at an ideal height of 5 ft 8½ in or 174 cm with a balanced bodyweight of 57 kg or 126 pounds. She has black hair and dark brown eyes color. Amal has a slim body build with 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm of body measurement. To fit in short dresses, she had worked incredibly on her limbs. She has an amazingly lean figure.