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Amal 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 US. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.

Amal is ranked in the leading legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as one of the top lawyers in the UK in the fields of international human rights and international criminal law. According to the rankings she is a “very effective and focused advocate, and somebody who is able to work very effectively with people.” She is said to be a “human rights expert” and “key operator in the field of international human rights” who “attracts plaudits for her ability to handle complex [international criminal] proceedings in difficult cases”. According to commentators Amal is “extremely intelligent, really bright, and an exceptional lawyer”. The directory also highlights that “[s]he’s very skilled and very thoughtful in the way she approaches a case, and has a great understanding of ICC [International Criminal Court] practices.”

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, Amal 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 (conversational) Arabic.


Called 2010, Inner Temple.


French, Arabic.


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


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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Amal ClooneyDoughty Street ChambersAmal combines real expertise across several related areas (human rights law, international criminal law, and public international law), with superb advocacy at all levels. She is a natural leader, with a commanding presence before courts and international tribunals.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Amal ClooneyDoughty Street ChambersAmal is a first-class international lawyer: she always knows her brief inside out, exercises impeccable judgement, and is a dream performer before international tribunals.