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Amal Alamuddin is a British-Lebanese lawyer specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law.
Alamuddin's family fled from war-tornBeirut to London when she was two. They settled in Gerrards Cross where she attended Dr Challoner's High School in Amersham. Her mother, Baria, 66, is the foreign editor of Arab newspaper al-Hayat. Her father Ramzi, a retired professor of business studies at the American University of Beirut, returned to Lebanon in 1991. Alamuddin has three youngers siblings; a sister, Tala, and two brothers Samer and Ziad. Her grandmother was said to be the first woman graduate of the American University in Beirut. Alamuddin was educated at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, where she received an Exhibition, and at New York University School of Law, where she received the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award (conferred for excellence in the field of Entertainment law).
Before becoming a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London, she 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 been involved in high-profile cases representing the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdallah Al Senussi, Yulia Tymoshenko and Julian Assange.
Alamuddin has been appointed to a number of UN commissions including as adviser to Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria, as Counsel to the 2013 Drone Inquiry by United Nations human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC into the use of drones in counter-terrorism operations, and as an adviser to the King of Bahrain in connection with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry headed by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni.
Alamuddin has also 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.
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