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Profile submitted by Amal Clooney

Practice Areas

Amal Clooney specialises in public international law, international criminal law and human rights. In the last year, she has represented a number of political prisoners around the world. She challenged the imprisonment of the former President of the Maldives in a case before a UN body in Geneva and represented a journalist who was arbitrarily detained in Azerbaijan in a case before the European Court of Human Rights. Both of her clients have now been released. She also advocated on behalf of a Canadian ‘Al Jazeera’ journalist falsely imprisoned in Egypt and helped to secure a pardon from the Egyptian President on his behalf. In addition to political prisoners, Amal has represented victims of torture in Ireland seeking to intervene in an inter-state case against the UK at the European Court of Human Rights. And she represented the Chagossian people in a case before the UK Supreme Court in which the Court recognised that the ban imposed by the British government on their return to their islands in the Indian Ocean “needs to be revisited”. Amal also provides advice to governments. She regularly provides advice to the UK government on international law and has previously advised the Greek Government on the return of their cultural property; been counsel for Cambodia in a case at the International Court of Justice in a border dispute with Thailand; and been counsel for Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights in a case involving recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Professional Memberships

UK Attorney General’s Public International Law C Panel; Expert Panel of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative; World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Rights.


Amal Clooney represents clients before international courts including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, 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 served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria and as Counsel to the UN Inquiry into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations 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 is 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 is a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and author of the upcoming book ‘The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law’ to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.


Amal has published many articles in legal journals and was co-editor of the book 'The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice' (Oxford University Press). She is also the co-author (with P. Webb) of a forthcoming book 'The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law', to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.