Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board
Amal Clooney is co-founder, along with her husband George, of the Clooney Foundation for Justice. She is also a barrister specializing in international law and human rights who represents victims of human rights violations in national and international courts. She represents clients before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.
Ms. Clooney has represented Yazidi victims of genocide in national courts in the only three genocide cases against ISIS members in the world. She was recently counsel to 126 victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, at the International Criminal Court and in 2021 she was appointed Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Darfur. She is currently serving on the Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine, to support justice for victims of war crimes and other human rights abuses. And she represents a state in one of the most groundbreaking cases before the International Court of Justice alleging that Myanmar is responsible for the crime of genocide against the Rohingya people.
Ms. Clooney has also helped to secure freedom for political prisoners around the world including journalists and opposition figures. She currently represents award-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa who faces a lifetime behind bars for her work in the Philippines. And in 2020 she was the recipient of the Gwen Ifill Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom” from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Ms. Clooney is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School and co-authored the leading textbook on due process internationally, The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, published by Oxford University Press. She practiced as a litigation attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and holds law degrees from Oxford University and New York University School of Law.
Amal Clooney is co-founder, along with her husband George, of the Clooney Foundation for Justice. She is also a barrister specializing in international law and human rights who represents victims of human rights violations in national and international courts.
Our foundation is committed to bringing to justice the perpetrators of atrocities in Ukraine. Ukrainians demand and have every right to expect their day in court – and to have access to funds to rebuild their lives.