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Doughty Street Chambers, Amal Clooney, London, ENGLAND

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Amal Clooney

Tel:
Work 020 7404 1313
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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)

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Amal specialises in public international law, human rights, international criminal law and extradition. She represents clients before international courts, including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, and domestic courts in the UK and the US. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise. Her case profile includes representing Mohamed Fahmy (an Al-Jazeera English journalist detained in Egypt following an unfair trial) and Abdullah al Senussi (former Libyan intelligence chief before the International Criminal Court in Hague), as well as the Kingdom of Cambodia before the International Court of Justice and the government of Armenia, intervening in European Court of Human Rights proceedings. Amal is currently a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches the Human Rights course with Professor Sarah Cleveland. Amal served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria. She also served as Counsel to the UN Inquiry on the use of armed drones led by the special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights. She is a member of the UK’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones and she was recently appointed to the UK Attorney General’s expert panel set up to advise and represent the UK government in cases involving public international law. Prior to joining the London Bar, Mrs Clooney worked in The Hague with various UN-sponsored justice mechanisms, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is also admitted to the New York bar and practiced as a litigation attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. She speaks English, French and Arabic.

Career

Called 2010, Inner Temple.

Languages

French, Arabic.

Member

International Bar Association; International Law Association; British Institute of International and Comparative Law; International Human Rights Lawyers Association; Bar Human Rights Committee; Chatham House.

Education

Oxford University (St Hugh’s College) (BA, Jurisprudence); New York University School of Law (LLM).



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