Amal before Clooney: The amazing role model

You have to admit that George Clooney makes for one of the yummiest arm-candy anywhere in the world. Hollywood heartthrob or not, being married to one of most powerful lawyers in the world, Amal Alamuddin, does that to you.

Amal Clooney: The kickass role model

Though Amal only hit the Hollywood spotlight after news broke of her relationship with Clooney, she was one the best lawyers in the world by then.

The media largely chooses to focus on her life outside the purview of her work, focusing more on her fashion sense and her dietary habits, for which she has the best answer ever: “I don’t even read those papers. And I don’t even know how to read comments. So, there is that.”

And though her diet is often talked about, she doesn’t care about it. Multiple sources have come out and said that Alamuddin chooses flavour over health everytime.

Amal is the president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which she co-founded with her husband in late 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world.

Amal Clooney: The kickass role model

Five things you should know about Amal

  • She hails from Beirut. During the Lebanese Civil War in the 1980s, her family fled Beirut and took shelter in England. She completed her education from England.
  •  She completed her law from Oxford. She holds a BA from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. (the BA is equivalent to an LLB from Oxford). She then began her studies for LLM from New York University School of Law and graduated with top honours. She is allowed to practice the law in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • She joined the International Court of Justice in 2004 and was associated with the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
  • In 2013 she was appointed to a number of United Nations commissions, including as advisor to Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria and as Counsel to the 2013 Drone Inquiry by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations.
  • She takes out for teaching as well. For the Spring 2018 semester, she taught at Columbia Law School, again as a co-professor with Sarah H. Cleveland on a core class on human rights.
Amal before Clooney: The kickass role model: George Clooney

What makes Amal Alamuddin tick?

  • Alamuddin’s rise to prominence came when she represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co., in an international arbitration case with the Republic of Ecuador.
  • She represented Canadian Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy who were arrested in Egypt in 2014.
  • She also represents WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition.
  • She currently represents Nadia Murad, a Yazidi refugee, and has brought charges against ISIS in the International Court of Justice.
  • In 2016, she represented Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights. Ismayilova’s investigative work had resulted in her imprisonment.

She may not be the arm candy to George Clooney that Hollywood would like us to believe. But she is the perfect role model for kids everywhere. The perfect beauty whose brains overpower everything.

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