Amal Clooney thinks it’s a ‘good thing’ her cases get extra publicity because of her marriage to George

It seems fame is currency in the fight against ISIS

Doughty Street barrister Amal Clooney has told the press it’s a “good thing” her celebrity status has attracted more media coverage on her legal fight against ISIS.

The human rights specialist is currently acting for Nadia Murad. Once a prisoner and slave to the terrorist organisation, Murad believes ISIS leaders should be held accountable for their slaughter of Yazidis, a faith group most notable in Iraq. Together, the two women are hoping to bring ISIS before the International Criminal Court, The Hague, to be held to account for this genocide.

While the fight against terrorism is of itself a worthy cause, it appears Clooney is grateful her marriage to Hollywood actor George has helped shine a light on her case and the Yazidis’ plight more generally. Speaking to the BBC’s Fiona Bruce, the junior barrister said:

I think if there are more people who now understand what’s happening about the Yazidis and ISIS and if there can be some action that results from that those clients then I think it’s a really good thing to give that case that extra publicity that it might get.

The Oxford-educated former Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer does, however, realise that celebrity status can only get you so far. “If you don’t have a good case and don’t have a good message, then shining a light on it is not going to get you very far”, she said.

While some remain unconvinced by Clooney (she has been called, among other things, an attention-seeker, a cheek-sucker and a knicker-flasher by certain sections of the national press), her work is admirable.

Speaking to new magazine 1843 — in an issue in which both Clooney and Murad are the cover stars — the Doughty Street-er admitted she has feared for her safety because of her human rights campaign. She recalled a work trip to Beirut when Israel bombed the airport the day after she arrived, and she was forced to live in a fortified compound with the threat of assassination hanging over her head. “There were times when I would look at parked cars with trepidation”, she said.

Now some months into her pregnancy, Clooney is expected to be more “responsible” when it comes to her travel choices. Speaking to Paris Match, her husband said:

Amal will no longer go to Iraq and she’ll avoid places where she knows she isn’t welcome.

Watch the interview with the BBC’s Fiona Bruce in full here (starts 16m:30s).

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23 Comments

ALawyer

You can not bring ISIS before the ICC. The Rome Statute requires defendants to be representatives of state parties, i.e. signatories of the Rome Statute, to my mind, ISIS is not a country so can not have signed the Rome Statute. The fall back is referral of a state by the UN Security Council but again ISIS is not a state so that fails. Finally, good luck getting someone from ISIS on trial who is of sufficiently high rank to justify for example charges of genocide or anything similar to argue command and control re acts of genocide etc. I should add the ICC has completely failed to succeed in prosecuting individuals in well documented cases of genocide for example D.R. Congo so they are hardly going to succeed with ISIS.

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Anonymous

By taking Daesh to an international
Court, she’s actually legitimising them by acknowledging de jure statehood.

Not good.

But then she’s from the stable that oppose locking up serial killers for LWOP because it breaches their “human rights”.

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Catwalk Queen

O where does Amal shop? I want know everything. Please LC?
Alawyer , go away! This is not a legal site. It’s an Amal Cloony fan site duh

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Anonymous

Reminder that she’s junior counsel who gets instructed by senior lawyers to be a spokesperson for their cases for publicity reasons.

Yawn

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Anonymous

Never mind the military and security services of the Western countries, it is George Clooney’s wife that has ISIS quivering in their boots

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Anon

Under any other circumstances I would applaud the effort to bring Nadia’s abusers to trial on behalf of the Yadizi women and children who have suffered such terrible abuse. Unfortunately the attention she/Clooney brings, ends up being more about her expensive wardrobe and designer twins on the way. When speaking she swishes her hair about like she’s on a Pantene commercial and always knows where the cameras. It is hard to take seriously a woman who is fighting for the down-trodden, when the victim in question isn’t even wearing a coat in the New York winter, while she’s dolled up to the nines in a £50k wool coat, dress, shoes and handbag.

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