New York City, NY- International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is moving across the pond to teach at Columbia, the school announced Friday.
The London-based legal eagle — who is married to movie star George Clooney — will lecture on human rights this spring as a senior fellow at Columbia Law School in Harlem.
“It is an honor to be invited,” Clooney said in a statement released by the university.
“I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here,” she added.
The glamorous lawyer — who captured the heart of Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor — served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s envoy on Syria.
She also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings and handled cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.In addition she also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and represented the former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko.
“We are privileged to have an international human rights practitioner of Amal Clooney’s stature join our faculty,” said professor Sarah Cleveland, faculty co-director of Columbia’s Human Rights Institute, adding “Clooney’s ‘extensive experience’ will enrich the experience of Columbia’s students.”
Although Clooney has been based in London for much of her career, she’s studied and practiced law in the Big Apple before.
She got a postgraduate law degree from New York University School of Law. While earning that degree, she worked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Clooney also practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell in Manhattan for several years.
George Clooney is filming “Money Monster” in New York this spring. Jodie Foster is directing the movie and Julia Roberts co-stars.
YL with NY Daily News
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