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Amal-Klooney

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education

St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, B.A./LL.B.
New York University School of Law, LL.M.

Fields of study
  • International Law and Comparative Law
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Social justice and human rights
areas of expertise

• Public international law
• International and comparative human rights
• International criminal law
• Business and human rights

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Amal Clooney is a lawyer specializing in international law and human rights. She represents clients before international courts such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition to her legal work, she advises governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.

Professor Clooney is on the legal registers Legal 500 and Chambers and partners as a leading lawyer specializing in international law, human rights and criminal law. She is described as 'a brilliant legal mind', a 'very effective and focused lawyer' and 'a fantastically innovative lawyer' who is 'tactically first class' and 'a rare combination of intellectual depth and pragmatism'. The directories highlight her 'deep understanding of international law', her ability to 'inspire heads of state, foreign ministers and corporations ... in a very effective way for customers' and her 'passionate commitment to justice and compassion for the people it serves' .

Professor Clooney was a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN envoy for Syria. She has also served as an advisor to the UN investigation into the use of armed drones and as a rapporteur for the International Bar Association's human rights institute on the independence of the judiciary. She is a member of the UK Expert Team on Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas and the UK Attorney General's Expert Panel on International Law.

Professor Clooney frequently represents victims of mass atrocities, including genocide and sexual violence, as well as political prisoners in cases involving freedom of expression and fair trial. She received the Gwen Ifill Prize 2020 for “exceptional and sustainable achievements with regard to freedom of the press” from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists. And she is Vice-Chair of the High Level Legal Expert Panel on Freedom of the Media, created at the request of the UK and Canadian governments and chaired by former President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger.

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In The Hague, Professor Clooney worked with various UN-sponsored judicial mechanisms, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is admitted to the bar in New York and is a litigator with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. She is also a co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which aims to advance justice through accountability.

Publications

Books

  • The right to a fair trial in international law , with P. Webb (Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice , jointly edited with D. Tolbert and N. Jurdi (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Selected chapters, articles and blogs

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  • “The Right to Offend in International Law?”, With P. Webb (Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2017).
  • Human rights, chapter in Satow's diplomatic practice (7th edition, Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • The Anatomy of an Unfair Trial, Huffington Post, August 19, 2014.
  • The UN investigation into the Hariri assassination, with A. Bonini, in The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Will Syria go to the ICC? The lawyer magazine , December 10, 2012.
  • The Role of the Security Council in Starting and Stopping Cases at the International Criminal Court: Problems of Principle and Practice, Kapitel in A. Zidar und O Bekou (Hrsg.), Contemporary challenges for the International Criminal Court (British Institute for International Law and Comparative Law, 2014).
  • 'Extension of jurisdiction over war crimes under Article 8 of the ICC Statute', with P. Webb, (2010) 8 (5) Journal of International Criminal Justice 1219-1243.
  • Evidence collection, from K. Khan, C. Buisman and C. Gosnell, Principles of Evidence in International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2010).

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