An adviser to UN, feisty humanitarian lawyer and Oxford graduate, this Lebanese beauty is no stranger to the spotlight. She has represented high profile names including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
A published author, she has given lectures at several universities, including The Hague Academy and The New School in New York.
She also trains judges, state officials and UN investigators on international criminal law and human rights and police forces in the Gulf.
Amal Ramzi Clooney was born on February 3, 1978 in Beirut. When she was two, her family left Lebanon for LondonÂ due to the Lebanese Civil War. Â Her mother, Baria Alamuddin, is an award-winning journalist and foreign editor of the pan-Arab newspaperÂ Al-Hayat, while her father is a retired professor from American University of Beirut.
She has one sister and two half-brothers.
Clooney attendedÂ a girls’Â grammar schoolÂ located in Buckinghamshire. She then studied atÂ St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she received anÂ ExhibitionÂ scholarshipÂ and the Shrigley Award.Â
In 2000, Clooney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence (Oxford’s equivalent to theÂ LLB)Â from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford.
In 2001, she enteredÂ New York University School of LawÂ to study for theÂ Master of LawsÂ degree. She received the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for excellence in entertainment law.
Clooney worked atÂ Sullivan & CromwellÂ in New York City for three years as part of the Criminal Defense and Investigations Group.
She worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UNÂ Special Tribunal for LebanonÂ and at theÂ International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.Â
She has been involved in high-profile cases representing the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chiefÂ Abdallah Al Senussi,Â Yulia TymoshenkoÂ andÂ Julian Assange, and is an adviser to the King of Bahrain in connection with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry headed by ProfessorÂ M Cherif Bassiouni.
In 2013 Clooney was appointed to a number of United Nations commissions including as adviser to Special EnvoyÂ Kofi AnnanÂ on Syria and as Counsel to the 2013 Drone Inquiry by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations.
The next year, after the latest Israel-Gaza war, she was reportedly invited to join the U.N.â€™s commission investigating possible war crimes in Gaza, but turned down the appointment.
She is also a published author who was the co-editor of a book titled “The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.” She is also the author of several articles on international criminal law published by Oxford University Press
Clooney is a polyglot â€“ fluent inÂ Arabic,Â EnglishÂ andÂ French. Â She was also voted as the hottest London barrister in 2013.
She became engaged to actorÂ George ClooneyÂ in April 2014. In July, Clooney publicly criticized the British tabloid newspaper theÂ â€˜Daily Mailâ€™Â after it claimed his fiancÃ©e’s mother opposes their marriage on religious grounds. Â
When the tabloid apologized for its false story, Clooney refused to accept the apology. He called the paper “the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers.”
The couple got married in September in Venice following a star-studded wedding ceremony two days earlier.Â