Long before Amal Clooney (formerly Amal Alamuddin) was turning heads as George Clooney’s fiancée, she was internationally known — for her career. A barrister, international human rights lawyer, and University of Oxford graduate, Amal has been wowing her colleagues and clients for years.
Here are 10 facts on this very accomplished lady:
1. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.
2. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War.
When she was two years old, her family moved to a London suburb.
3. She has represented many high-profile clients.
Amal was part of the team that represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his extradition trial. Other big-deal clients include former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, Enron, and the state of Cambodia. She is also representing jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.
4. She interned with future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Back then, she was a student at NYU School of Law.
5. Her parents have had glittering careers too.
Her father is a retired business professor at the American University of Beirut. Her mother is a journalist, broadcaster, and editor at al-Hayat newspaper, and has interviewed many heads of state.
6. She attended an all-girls grammar school in Buckinghamshire from her tweens to her teens.
Single-sex education works.
7. She turned down a position with the UN.
The UN crafted a three-member commission to investigate possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza. Amal was offered a slot but declined due to her workload, saying in a statement: “I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip… I am honoured to have received the offer, but given existing commitments — including eight ongoing cases — unfortunately could not accept this role. I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavors."
8. She sometimes writes for The Huffington Post.
In different languages.
9. She co-edited a book on international law.
It’s titled The Special Tribunal of Lebanon.
10. When a reporter joked that she probably wears Versace to the courtroom, Amal shut it down.
She retorted that she actually wears Ede & Ravenscroft, a company that's been crafting formal legal wear for European judges and lawyers for more than 300 years.
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