Amal Clooney: The hottest human rights lawyer

Amal Clooney
Written by Shruti Misra

As a human rights lawyer and visiting faculty member with Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, Amal Clooney has plenty on her plate, but she still makes time for thoughtful fashion choices. “It’s amazing because since the day I met her she always had this insane, eccentric-but-fun sense of fashion,” Amal’s husband George Clooney told ET. “She’s trying 11 cases and she was teaching at Columbia. She’s still very much like, ‘I’d like to wear that dress.’ It’s crazy.”

The couple’s Venice nuptials back in September is where the world was first blown away by Amal’s style.

She was born in Lebanon, but her family fled to Europe during the war of 1982, meaning she identifies with many of the refugees she meets.

When she and George met Syrian refugees in Berlin, she said: ‘[My family] also ran away from a war and were lucky enough to be accepted by a European country in 1982 when the violence there was really bad.”

She clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, a former federal appeals court judge, after graduating.

Her law firm, Doughty Street Chambers, recruited her to train as a barrister in 2010. She later joined its international law team full time.

She has gone on to become one of the world’s most renowned international human rights lawyers.

She has represented everyone from former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to the country of Armenia in its fight for recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Her work has also included advocating for Yazidi women, a religious minority in the Middle East which has been subjected to genocide at the hands of ISIS. In September, she said if Syrian President Bashar Assad is prosecuted for war crimes, she “would be delighted to work on it.”

“I think the UN has concluded that the Syrian government has committed crimes against humanity and war crimes,” she said. “They are not the only ones, there are other actors who have committed the same crimes. But I think there’s little doubt that that’s what we’re dealing with.”


She represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his extradition case against Sweden in 2011… The UN found Nasheed’s detention in violation of international law.

She met Hollywood actor George Clooney at a charity ­fundraising in Italy in 2013.

The Daily Mirror reported that she played hard to get, but was eventually wooed by a “string of flirty emails.”

When she refused to take his number, he reportedly emailed her saying: “I think the reported hottest man in the world should meet with the hottest human rights lawyer in the world.”

Clooney said he knew very quickly he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Amal. He told Ellen Degeneres that he proposed at home to “a playlist of some of my aunt Rosemary’s songs and I asked her.” Lucky for him, despite being shocked, she said yes.


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