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Amal Clooney joins Columbia Law School as professor

Amal Alamuddin Clooney, left, and Geoffrey Robertson arrive for the hearing in the case Perincek vs Switzerland. Photo: EPA

(NEW YORK, NY) — Lebanese human rights attorney Amal Clooney has accepted a position as a visiting professor and senior fellow at Columbia Law School in New York City.

Clooney will join the prestigious university’s Human Rights Institute, where she will lecture on human rights law and international tribunal cases.

“It is an honor to be invited as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School alongside such a distinguished faculty and talented student pool,” said Clooney. “I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here.”

Clooney graduated from the University of Oxford in England and the New York University School of Law. She also worked for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Kofi Annan as a senior adviser when he was the U.N.’s envoy on Syria.

“We are privileged to have an international human rights practitioner of Amal Clooney’s stature join our faculty,” said Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, co-director of the university’s Human Rights Institute. “Her extensive experience advocating before U.N. and regional human rights mechanisms complements our existing offerings and will enrich the experience of our students.”

Clooney has handled cases before the International Criminal Court and Court of Justice, including several domestic international law cases in the United States and England.

She’s also writing a book called The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, and is the co-editor of The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice.

Professors say they’re honored to welcome Clooney to their faculty.

“Amal Clooney’s dedication to public service and her diverse human rights litigation experience will inspire and guide our students as they learn how to use the law to advance social justice,” said Sarah Knuckey, director of the Human Rights Clinic.

“We are thrilled to welcome her to Columbia Law School’s community of international law scholars, practitioners, and students.”


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