Amal Clooney specialises in public international law, international criminal law and human rights. She represents clients before international tribunals including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on issues ranging from diplomatic immunity and justice sector reform to the investigation of war crimes and human rights abuses. Mrs. Clooney was ranked in the leading legal directory Chambers and Partners as one of the top lawyers in the UK in the fields of international human rights and international criminal law.
Mrs. Clooney has worked on some of the landmark international cases of the last decade including the Milosevic and Hariri cases in The Hague; the Julian Assange case in the English courts; and the case of Yulia Tymoshenko before the European Court of Human Rights. She is currently representing a group of Iraqi victims seeking accountability for genocide and other atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against the Yazidi community. She also represents victims of torture in Ireland, the so-called ‘hooded men’, seeking to intervene in a case between the United Kingdom and Ireland at the European Court of Human Rights. Mrs. Clooney further represents the government of Georgia in a case brought against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights and she advised the government of Greece in its bid to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the UK.
In recent years, Mrs. Clooney successfully represented a number of political prisoners around the world. She represented Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, convicted on trumped-up charges in the ‘Al Jazeera trial’ in Egypt, and helped to secure a pardon from the Egyptian President on his behalf. She challenged the imprisonment of the former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, who was wrongfully convicted of terrorism in a criminal trial that has been condemned internationally as a travesty of justice. And she represented a top Azerbaijani journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, who was detained on flawed charges in Azerbaijan in a case before the European Court of Human Rights. All of her clients have now been released.
Mrs. Clooney has served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League on Syria. She also served as Counsel to the Inquiry on the use of drones under international law launched by the UN 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 has been appointed to the UK Attorney General’s expert panel on Public International Law to represent the British Government in international law matters arising before domestic and international courts.
Mrs. Clooney is a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches the Human Rights course with Professor Sarah Cleveland. She is co-author of the forthcoming book ‘The Right to a Fair Trial In International Law’ (OUP, 2018). Mrs. Clooney is admitted to the English Bar and the New York Bar and speaks fluent English, French and conversational Arabic.