Amal Clooney

Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2018)

Amal Clooney

Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2018)

Amal Clooney is a barrister who specializes 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.

Professor Clooney is ranked in the leading legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as one of the top lawyers in the UK in the fields of international human rights and international criminal law. According to the rankings, she is a "human rights expert" who is “[n]oted by commentators for her intellectual acumen” when handling complex international criminal law cases and “a very effective and focused advocate”. Chambers and Partners also highlights that she is “very skilled and very thoughtful in the way she approaches a case, and has a great understanding of ICC [International Criminal Court] practices.”

Professor 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 and was also a rapporteur for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute focusing on the independence of the judiciary in Egypt following the 2011 revolution. She is a member of the UK’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones. And she is currently on 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, Professor 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 Arabic.

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


  • The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, with P. Webb (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • 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

  • "The Right to Insult in International Law?", with P. Webb (Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2017).
  • “Human Rights”, chapter in Satow’s Diplomatic Practice (7th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “The Anatomy of an Unfair Trial”, Huffington Post, 19 August 2014.
  • “The UN Investigation of the Hariri Assassination”, with A. Bonini, in The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • “Will Syria go to the ICC?”, The Lawyer Magazine, 10 December 2012.
  • “The Role of the Security Council in Starting and Stopping Cases at the International Criminal Court: Problems of Principle and Practice”, chapter in A. Zidar and O Bekou (eds), Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2014).
  • "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 (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Professional Experience

Selected Cases

  • Yazidi genocide perpetrated by ISIS: Representing Iraqi victims from the Yazidi religious minority, including UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad, seeking justice for the genocide and other atrocities committed against them  by ISIS.
  • Prosecutor v Mohamed Fahmy: Representing journalist from Al Jazeera English television network detained in Egypt following an unfair trial.
  • Nasheed v The Maldives: Representing the Maldives’ former president, Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected President of the country, who had been detained on terrorism charges following an unfair and politically-motivated trial.
  • Ismayilova v Azerbaijan: Representing award-winning journalist detained in Azerbaijan after she exposed government corruption (European Court of Human Rights).
  • Arroyo v The Philippines: Representing the former President of The Philippines in human rights claim challenging her detention in Manila before the UN Human Rights Committee.
  • Bancoult v UK Foreign Office: Representing Mr Bancoult in proceedings concerning the removal of Chagossians from the Chagos Islands in 1971 and their right to return (UK Supreme Court).
  • Prosecutor v Ayyash et al.: Member of the prosecuting team in case against five persons accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri (Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague).
  • Ireland v UK: Representing the ‘hooded men’ in an application by the Republic of Ireland for revision of a 1978 decision by the European Court of Human Rights on torture (European Court of Human Rights).
  • Perincek v Switzerland: Representing the Republic of Armenia intervening as a third party in a case concerning denial of the Armenian genocide (European Court of Human Rights).
  • Parthenon Marbles Case: Advising the Greek Government on the return of cultural property – the Parthenon Marbles – from the United Kingdom to Greece.
  • Cambodia v Thailand: Representing the Cambodia in an inter-state territorial claim with Thailand concerning the ‘Temple of Preah Vihear’ (International Court of Justice).
  • Sweden v Assange: Representing Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, in extradition proceedings (City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, London).
  • Tymoshenko v Ukraine: Representing Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, in human rights claim concerning her politically-motivated prosecution and detention in Ukraine (European Court of Human Rights).
  • Prosecutor v Senussi: Representing Abdallah Al Senussi, former Libyan intelligence chief, arguing that he should be put on trial in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity perpetrated in Libya (International Criminal Court).
  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme v Ecuador: Assistant to the Tribunal in UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a claim of denial of justice by a US company against Ecuador (Permanent Court of Arbitration).
Human Rights