For every woman going hard in your career and wondering if your commitment to your work will impact your ability to meet and marry an awesome and worthy man, look no further than human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s new wife who proves the sexiest thing a woman can be is a passionate professional. Cheers to another #bossbride getting married to a man who appreciates her hustle!
Here’s Amal’s impressive and inspirational story according to the Daily Beast:
Born to Lebanese Druze parents in 1978 during the height of the Lebanese Civil War, she and her family left for London when she was two years old. Her mother, Baria Alamuddin, is an award-winning journalist and foreign editor of the pan-Arab newspaper, Al-Hayat, while her father is a retired professor from American University of Beirut. (READ: She’s following in the boss bride path blazed by her mother)
Alamuddin studied law at both NYU’s Law School and at Oxford, where she earned her degree in 2000. While at NYU, she was a student law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and later clerked for three years at the International Court of Justice.
She has since become an accomplished and feisty human rights lawyer. In London, she has practiced at the Doughty Street Chambers firm and represented the likes of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. She has worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
She has also been an appointed to several UN panels, where she has acted as an advisor to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan on Syria and was counsel on the 2013 inquiry into the use of U.S. armed drones in counter-terrorism operations in places like Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
This year, after the latest Israel-Gaza war, she was reportedly invited to join the UN’s commission investigating possible war crimes in Gaza, but turned down the appointment.
“I am honored to have received the offer, but given existing commitments — including eight ongoing cases — unfortunately could not accept this role,” she said in a statement at the time. “I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavors.
With her experience in human rights and connections around the world, the Clooney-Alamuddin pair could be especially formidable. Clooney, who is respected as much for his political savvy as for his Hollywood superstardom, has been active in humanitarian campaigns abroad, most notably in Darfur and South Sudan, and wrote about the plight of newly independent South Sudan.
Alamuddin is such a well-respected lawyer, that shortly after the couple announced their engagement, Josephine Tovey wrote in The Age, that it should be Clooney who “should be thanking his lucky stars, having snagged one of Britain’s most eligible bachelorettes.”
“If our world was one that valued achievements in education, politics and human rights as much as it did celebrity, headlines around the world would have this week screamed: ‘Sorry boys — Amal is taken,’” she wrote.
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