Amal Clooney is a London-based British-Lebanese lawyer, campaigner, and novelist who has a net worth of $50 million. Although she formerly worked at the United Nations and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, she resigned from the latter post in 2020. As of 2020, she is currently a practising barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She focuses in international law and human rights. Outside of her professional career, Amal is notable for being the wife of actor George Clooney.
Amal Alamuddin was born on February 3rd of 1978 in Beirut, Lebanon. Amal (whose name means “hope” in Arabic) migrated to England with her family when she was two years old, residing in Buckinghamshire. Her family evacuated due of the Lebanese Civil War, however her father ultimately returned to his home country in 1991. She was raised alongside three siblings and attended an all-girls grammar school as a child.
After graduating from secondary school, Amal attended St. Hugh’s College in Oxford. After obtaining a number of prizes for academic distinction, she graduated in 2000 with a BA degree in Jurisprudence. She continued her post-secondary study in 2001, attending New York University School of Law to prepare for her LLM degree. During her time studying in New York, she worked under judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Alamuddin is qualified to practise law in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She was first accepted to the New York bar in 2002, and then to the English and Welsh bars in the following years. International courts in The Hague, such as the International Criminal Court, are among her most notable achievements.
Amal worked as a clerk at the International Court of Justice after working for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She then worked at The Hague for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s Office of the Prosecutor before returning to the United States. Amal returned to the UK in 2010 to practise law as a barrister. Many UN commissions nominated her during this time period. She worked on a number of high-profile cases during this time period. The 2013 Drone Inquiry was among them. While she was representing Julian Assange, she also represented the entire country of Cambodia.
Alamuddin is also a skilled educator, and she served as a visiting faculty member at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute between 2015 and 2016 as part of its Human Rights Institute. She offered courses on human rights, as well as courses on civil and human rights litigation. In addition, Amal has delivered lectures on international criminal law at institutions such as SOAS Law School, The New School, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A legal action was launched on behalf of the Armenian government in 2015, with the goal of gaining international recognition for the Armenian genocide. As a representative of Doughty Street Chambers, she has continued to promote Armenia and has denounced Turkey’s attitude on Armenia as “hypocritical.” A large number of Turkish-Armenians had previously sought to have the 1915 atrocities classed as genocide, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
In addition, in 2015, Amal filed a lawsuit against the government of the Philippines, alleging that former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been detained indefinitely. The United Nations later came to the opinion that the former’s imprisonment constituted a violation of international human rights obligations. Later same year, Alamuddin became a member of the legal team defending Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, against charges of corruption. Nasheed had been sentenced to 13 years in prison in part because of what has been referred to be a kangaroo court process. Later on, she was credited with helping to strengthen democracy in the Maldives.
Amal had a very busy year in 2015, as she was also involved in the so-called “Hooded Men” investigation. The illegal interrogation methods used by the British government against Irish citizens were the subject of this investigation. In 2016, Amal testified for the first time at the United Nations, drawing attention to the rape and slave market orchestrated by ISIL and calling for action. According to Amal, this includes the establishment of an online slave market on Facebook, which continues to exist today.
With the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Amal was appointed as a special envoy in 2019. In this capacity, she campaigned to protect worldwide media freedom. Despite her enthusiasm for the position, she resigned in protest in 2020 after it was discovered that the UK government had violated international law in connection with the Brexit referendum.
Amal first became engaged to George Clooney in 2014, after meeting him a year earlier through a mutual friend. They have been together since. Later in 2014, they were married in a ceremony that took place in Venice. They were married in a ceremony that created quite a stir in the media. When Amal and George announced in 2017 that they were expecting their first child, the media erupted into a frenzy once more. Later in the year, the couple became parents to twins who were born in December.
The Clooney Foundation, which George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin co-founded in 2016, is a collaborative effort between the two. The group aspires to make progress in the advancement of justice throughout the world. A scholarship named after Amal Clooney was established by the couple, which provides financial assistance to a female Lebanese student enrolling in a 2-year International Baccalaureate curriculum.
Amal and her husband, George Clooney, own a substantial amount of real estate in the United States. They have real estate holdings in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. A property on Lake Como and a mansion in England, both valued at $13 million, are among their most prominent residences. Clooney also has a mansion in Laglio, Italy, worth $13 million, and the couple used to possess a holiday home in San Lucas, Mexico, which they sold a few years ago.
New York City’s One Hundred Fifty-third Street skyscraper was the site of the couple’s first apartment purchase, which occurred in 2016. Despite the fact that the exact cost of this property is unknown, the penthouse suite in this complex is valued at $65 million. Some of their less well-known properties can be found in areas like Las Vegas and Studio City, for example. Many of these houses were purchased long before Clooney and Amal became engaged to be married.