Amal Clooney

Doughty Street Chambers

A conversation on challenges to human rights (morning plenary session, day 2)

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, 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. Ms Clooney is also a Professor at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches the Human Rights course with Professor Sarah Cleveland.

Ms Clooney is ranked in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister in the fields of international human rights and international criminal law. According to the rankings, she is a an “exceptional lawyer” and a “very effective and focused advocate” who “attracts plaudits for her ability to handle complex [international criminal] proceedings in difficult cases”.

Prior to joining the London Bar, Ms 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 was also an adviser to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Special Envoy on Syria and Counsel to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights’s inquiry on the use of armed drones.

Ms Clooney is a member of the Attorney-General’s panel on Public International Law and the Foreign Secretary’s Special Envoy on Media Freedom. Her forthcoming book, The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, co-authored with Dr Philippa Webb, will be published in 2020 by Oxford University Press.