(Story originally posted in Baronessj.com in January 2015)
Amal Alamuddin also known as Mrs George Clooney is a barrister with the London chamber, specialising in human rights, international law, and extradition.
She speaks three languages fluently – English, French and Arabic – and has represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Last year, the accomplished lawyer advised Greece on how to get Britain to return the disputed statues known as the Elgin Marbles.
Most lawyers aren’t faced with a wall of cameras when they walk into court – but since marrying Hollywood leading man George Clooney, Amal Clooney has seen her status rise to Celebrity A lister who is now followed by rows of photographers
Mrs Clooney and her coleague MrGeoffrey Robertson QC were in court to challenge an appeal lodged by Doğu Perinçek, a Turkish politician who denied the killing of 1.5million Armenians in 1915 was genocide and had been found guilty by a Swiss court in 2008 after saying the killings were an ‘international lie. His appeal is now being challenged by Armenia, who have hired Mr Robertson’s London chambers in which Amal is a patner and despite being there to fight a major human rights case, her appearance created a circus in a court that the media, and certainly paparazzi, are not usually interested in’.
Amal Clooney took the attention in her stride.
Expressing surprise at the number of photographers in the court, Robertson said he was pleased and hoped that coverage of the case would focus attention on Mrs Clooney’s career as a lawyer rather than her private life as the wife of a Hollywood actor and director.’
When a reporter joked that she was expected to wear Versace, she pointed at her gown and collar bands before replying: ‘I’m wearing Ede & Ravenscroft’. Her remarks quickly gained traction on Twitter, where users praised the respected lawyer’s ability to shrug off the celebrity status she has enjoyed since marrying George Clooney last year.
The retort, made yesterday at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, was a reference to a firm of London tailors which has been making barristers’ gowns since 1689.
George Clooney 53, and British lawyer Amal Alamuddin 36, got married in Venice, Italy in September 2014 after Goerge’s string of failed relationships with many top Hollywood actresses including Renée Zellweger, Lisa Snowdon, Terri Hatcher and Elisabetta Canalis.
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