Name: Amal Clooney
Firm Name: Doughty Street Chambers
Country: England
Expertise: Human Rights Law

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7404 1313
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 2283/84
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Amal Clooney is our exclusively recommended Human Rights Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Amal directly using the contact details listed above.

Amal is a barrister who specialises in public international law, international criminal 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 and domestic courts in the UK and US. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.

Amal was ranked in the leading legal directory Chambers and Partners 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 very effective and focused advocate, and somebody who is able to work very effectively with people.” She is said to be a “human rights expert” who is “[n]oted by commentators for her intellectual acumen” when handling complex international criminal law cases. The directory also highlights that “[s]he’s very skilled and very thoughtful in the way she approaches a case, and has a great understanding of ICC [International Criminal Court] practices.”

Amal 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 Arabic.