Amal Clooney joins Columbia University as visiting lecturer

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By Alex Aldridge on

Doughty Street human rights barrister bags prestigious New York gig


Amal Clooney is heading back to New York, the city where she worked for two years at the beginning of her career as a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell.

The Doughty Street human rights barrister will take up a position as a visiting senior fellow with Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute, which will see her give visiting lecturers over the spring to students at the Ivy League outfit.

The part-time nature of the role will enable Clooney to continue her bread and butter public law work in London, where she and her actor husband, George Clooney, are based.

In a statement on Columbia University Law School’s website, the illustrious institution said it was “thrilled” to have secured Clooney’s services. Head of the university’s Human Rights Institute Professor Sarah Cleveland commented:

“We are privileged to have an international human rights practitioner of Amal Clooney’s stature join our faculty. Her extensive experience advocating before U.N. and regional human rights mechanisms complements our existing offerings and will enrich the experience of our students.”

Amal was similarly chuffed to have secured the gig, saying:

“It is an honour to be invited as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School alongside such a distinguished faculty and talented student pool. I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here.”

The position dovetails nicely with hubby George’s schedule, with the silver fox set to film his latest movie, ‘Money Monster’, in New York this spring. It also could get Amal off the hook over the mini-pupillage which Kim Kardashian is reportedly badgering her to arrange back in London.