Amal Clooney

Visiting Professor of Law (Spring 2016)


Assistant Info

Name: Claire Merrill
Phone: 212.854.7812

  • St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, B.A./LL.B.
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M.



Amal Clooney is a barrister who specialises in international law and human rights. She represents clients before international courts including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.

Mrs Clooney served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria. She also served as Counsel to the UN Inquiry on the use of armed drones 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 was recently 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, Mrs Clooney 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 speaks English, French and conversational Arabic.


Some of Mrs. Clooney’s recent cases include:

  • Prosecutor v Mohamed Fahmy: Representing journalist from Al Jazeera English television network detained in Egypt following an unfair trial.
  • Nasheed v Republic of Maldives: Representing former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected President of the country, in claim before United Nations challenging his politically-motivated prosecution.
  • Ismayilova v Azerbaijan: Representing investigative journalist detained in Azerbaijan after she exposed government corruption in claim before the European Court of Human Rights.
  • R (oao Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No.2): Representing Chagossians in claim before UK Supreme Court concerning their right to return to the islands from which they were evicted in 1971.
  • Ireland v UK: Instructed to advise the ‘hooded men’ on an application by the Republic of Ireland for revision of a 1978 decision by the European Court of Human Rights on torture.
  • Perincek v Switzerland: Representing the Republic of Armenia intervening as a third party in a case before the European Court of Human Rights concerning denial of the Armenian genocide.
  • Parthenon Marbles Case: Advising the Greek Government on the legal options for returning cultural property – the Parthenon Marbles currently displayed at the British Museum – from the United Kingdom to Greece.
  • Cambodia v Thailand: Representing the Kingdom of Cambodia in the ‘Temple of Preah Vihear’ territorial dispute with Thailand at the International Court of Justice.
  • Sweden v Assange: Representing Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, in extradition proceedings before the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court challenging extradition to Sweden.
  • Tymoshenko v Ukraine: Representing Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, in claim before the European Court of Human Rights challenging her politically-motivated prosecution and detention in Ukraine.
  • Mutua and others v The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Providing advice on international law to legal team representing victims from ‘Mau Mau’ tribe in civil claim alleging torture during British Colonial rule in Kenya.

Selected Publications


  • The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, with H. Morrison and P. Webb (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice, co-edited with D. Tolbert and N. Jurdi (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Selected Chapters, Articles and Blogs

  • “Human Rights”, chapter in Satow’s Diplomatic Practice (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016)
  • “The Right to Free Speech in International Law – Can an insult ever be a crime?” (with P. Webb, forthcoming 2015).
  • It is Time for Sisi to Set Al Jazeera Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Free, Huffington Post, August 2015.
  • “Maldives Backslides Into Repression as the World Calls for President Nasheed's Release”, Huffington Post, October 2015.
  • “The Anatomy of an Unfair Trial”, Huffington Post, 19 August 2014.
  • “The UN Investigation of the Hariri Assassination”, with A. Bonini, in: Alamuddin, Jurdi and Tolbert (eds.), The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice (OUP, 2014).
  • Alamuddin, Amal, and Nadia Hardman, Report of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Supported by the Open Society Foundations Arab Regional Office. PDF Separating Law and Politics: Challenges to the Independence of Judges and Prosecutors in Egypt. International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), February 2014.
  • "The role of the Security Council in starting and stopping cases at the International Criminal Court: problems of principle and practice", chapter in Zidar, Andra˛, and Olympia Bekou. Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court. London : British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2014.
  • “Will Syria go to the ICC?”, The Lawyer Magazine, 10 December 2012.
  • “Does Libya Have to Surrender Saif Al-slam Gaddafi to The Hague?", Mizaan: The Newsletter from Lawyers for Justice in Libya. Issue 1, April 2012.
  • "Expanding Jurisdiction Over War Crimes Under Article 8 of the ICC Statute", with P. Webb, (2010) 8(5) Journal of International Criminal Justice 1219–1243.
  • “Collection of Evidence”, in: K. Khan, C. Buisman, and C. Gosnell, Principles of Evidence in International Criminal Justice (OUP, 2010).