Amal Alamuddin

Year of Call

2010
Amal Alamuddin
Profile

Amal Alamuddin is a barrister specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. She has represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the UK and US.

Amal also provides advice to governments and individuals on international law, and has been appointed to a number of UN commissions including as adviser to Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria, and as Counsel to the Inquiry launched by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations.

Amal is fluent in French and Arabic and has particular expertise in international criminal law and the Middle East region.

Cases

Amal's case profile includes:

  • Cambodia v Thailand. Request for interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear. Representing Cambodia in inter-state territorial claim (International Court of Justice, The Hague)
  • Prosecutor v Senussi and Gaddafi. Representing Abdallah Al Senussi, former Libyan intelligence chief, in case of alleged crimes against humanity (International Criminal Court, The Hague)
  • Tymoshenko v Ukraine. Representing Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, in human rights claim (European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg).
  • Sweden v Assange. Representing Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, in extradition proceedings (City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, London)
  • Prosecutor v Ayash et al. Member of the prosecuting team in case against four persons accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri (Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague)
  • Prosecutor v Milosevic. Judicial assistant to Judge Patrick Robinson, Presiding Judge on trial of former Head of State Slobodan Milosevic (UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, The Hague)
  • Merck (MSDIA) v Ecuador. Assistant to the Tribunal in UNCITRAL arbitration (Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague).
Appointments

Amal has also been appointed to a number of international human rights investigations and conflict-resolution panels. She is or has been:

Training

Amal regularly devises and delivers training to judges, state officials and UN investigators on international criminal law and human rights. She has also conducted training for police forces in the Gulf region.

Seminars and Publications

Amal is the co- editor (with David Tolbert and Nidal Jurdi) of a book entitled The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, to be published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. She is also the author of several book-chapters and articles on international criminal law published by Oxford University Press.

 

Amal has lectured students on international criminal law at SOAS (University of London), The New School in New York, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also regularly speaks at conferences and seminars.

 

For enquiries regarding potential legal representation, please email Richard Bayliss at r.bayliss@doughtystreet.co.uk. For other enquiries, please email personalasst@icloud.com.

Public International Law

Amal worked as a judicial assistant to Judge Nabil Elaraby, now head of the Arab League, and Sir Frank Berman QC at the International Court of Justice in 2004-2005. Since then she has represented clients in a number of cases involving public international law.

She has represented the government of Cambodia in a dispute against Thailand concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear before the International Court of Justice. She also regularly provides advice to governments and individuals on various issues relating to public international law including treaty obligations, territorial disputes, immunities, law of the sea and prospects for filing claims in judicial fora.

Amal also has experience in international arbitration cases. She is currently appointed assistant to the Tribunal in Merck (MSDIA) v Ecuador, an UNCITRAL arbitration (Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague).

International Criminal Law

Amal has worked on cases at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.  Her cases include:

  • Prosecutor v Senussi and Gaddafi. Represent Abdallah Al Senussi, former Libyan intelligence chief, in case of alleged crimes against humanity, with co-counsel Ben Emmerson QC and Rodney Dixon (International Criminal Court, The Hague)
  • Prosecutor v Ayash et al. Member of the prosecution team in case against four defendants accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri (Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague)
  • Prosecutor v Milosevic. Judicial assistant to Judge Patrick Robinson, Presiding Judge (ICTY, The Hague)

She regularly advises clients on cross-jurisdictional criminal matters and cases involving INTERPOL red notices.  She has also provided advice to victim groups seeking to initiate prosecutions in English courts under the ICC Act and has represented clients subject to UN sanctions and asset freezes.

International Human Rights Law

Amal has represented individuals before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee and regularly provides advice to individuals, governments and NGOs on human rights. Recent cases include cases before the European Court of Human Rights against Ukraine and Georgia, an application to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of a detained client in Turkey; and an application for damages from the UN on behalf of Roma victims of lead poisoning at a UN camp in Kosovo.

Amal has also been appointed to a number of international human rights investigations and conflict-resolution panels. She is or has been:

Extradition

Amal has defended clients in extradition proceedings involving European Arrest Warrants as well as "Part II" extradition requests. This has included representing (with Geoffrey Robertson QC and John Jones) the head of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, in extradition proceedings in the UK.

Crime

Amal defends clients in criminal cases in Magistrates Court and Crown Courts in London. This includes cases involving violent, sexual and financial crimes. She has also provided advice on a number of cross-jurisdictional criminal matters and advice on the prospects of domestic prosecution under the ICC Act.

Dual-qualified as an English barrister and a New York litigation attorney, Amal also practiced for several years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's New York office, where she was a member of the Criminal Defence and Investigations Group. During this time, she represented clients in complex criminal investigations and litigation before state and federal courts, including the criminal probe of Enron and Arthur Andersen.

Publications

Books

Articles/Chapters

Teaching and Training

  • Trainer, International Bar Association, Training Program in International Human Rights Law for Tunisian Judges (Tunis, December 2012)
  • Speaker, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Security Council Referrals to the International Criminal Court (London, June 2012)
  • Guest lecturer, New School, Dilemmas of International Justice (New York, April 2012)
  • Speaker, Chatham House, Complementarity in the Libya Situation: Should Gaddafi be tried at the ICC? (London, February 2012)
  • Speaker, International Centre for Transitional Justice, Complementarity and the Arab Spring–Justice Initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa (Greentree, New York, December 2011)
  • Lecturer, Hague Academy of International Law, Public International Law Section, The International Response to Terrorism (The Hague, August 2009)
  • Lecturer, University of North Carolina, International Criminal Justice (Chapel Hill, March 2007)
  • Devised and delivered training program to UN investigators on international criminal procedure, elements of crimes and modes of responsibility for international crimes (Beirut and The Hague, 2007-2009)
  • Devised and delivered training program to Bahraini judges, prosecutors and police in public international law, international human rights law and international criminal law (Bahrain, 2011-2012)
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