Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law and human rights. Clooney is qualified to practise as a lawyer in the United States and the United Kingdom. She was admitted to the bar in New York in 2002, and in England and Wales in 2010. She has also practised at international courts in The Hague including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
In 2019, Clooney was appointed the special envoy on media freedom by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Clooney is the president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which she co-founded with her husband George Clooney in late 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world.
Amal's case profile includes among others: Representing Ghanaian citizen, Dexter Eddie Johnson, in an application before the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights claiming violations of his human rights as a result of the mandatory imposition of the death penalty for murder under Ghanaian law. Also, representing a group of Iraqi victims, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, seeking accountability for genocide and other atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against the Yazidi community. Clooney partnered with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative in beginning the Amal Clooney Scholarship, which was created to send one female student from Lebanon to the United World College Dilijan each year, to enroll in a two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Clooney and her husband sponsor a Yazidi student, Hazim Avdal, who Clooney met via her work with Nadia Murad as Avdal worked at Yazda. He is attending the University of Chicago. In 2018, following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the Clooneys pledged $500,000 to the March for Our Lives and said they would be in attendance.