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Amal Alamuddin: The woman behind the media frenzy

This Feb. 7, 2011 file photo shows human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin, in London. Hollywood’s most determined bachelor, George clooney, recently proposed to the 36-year-old Alamuddin, despite repeated protestations that marriage wasn’t for him. A spokesman for the Oscar-winning actor and producer did not respond to requests for comment Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok, File)

BEIRUT: Amal Alamuddin recently become famous as the fiance of elusive heartthrob George Clooney, but the raven-haired beauty is a powerhouse in her own right.

As a barrister with the Doughty Street Chambers in London, the Beirut-born 36-year-old was a member of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's prosecution as well as the legal adviser to the head of the UN commission investigating former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination and other terrorist acts in Lebanon. She is also credited as the co-editor of a book called The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, published last year by Oxford University Press.

Aside from her work with the STL, she was also appointed as an adviser for Kofi Annan while he was the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League on Syria.

Throughout her career, she has not hesitated to represent controversial figures such as former Libyan Intelligence chief Abdallah Al Senussi and Wikileaks head Julian Assange. She also acted as a legal adviser to the King of Bahrain and represented former Ukrainian Prime Minister turned political prisoner Yulia Tymoshenko.

Alamuddin specializes in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law, and according to British daily The Independent was once voted the “hottest barrister in London” by a legal blog called Your Barrister Boyfriend.

Alamuddin’s father, Ramzi Alamuddin, is a retired business professor at the American University of Beirut and hails from the Chouf town Baakline. Her mother, Bariaa Miknass, is a veteran journalist who has contributed to numerous publications, including The Daily Star. She is currently a correspondent and editor at Al-Hayat newspaper.

Bariaa's brother is Akram Miknass, the CEO of Fortune Promoseven, a leading Lebanese advertising agency.

 

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Summary

As a barrister with the Doughty Street Chambers in London, the Beirut-born 36-year-old was a member of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's prosecution as well as the legal adviser to the head of the UN commission investigating former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination and other terrorist acts in Lebanon.

Aside from her work with the STL, she was also appointed as an adviser for Kofi Annan while he was the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League on Syria.

Throughout her career, she has not hesitated to represent controversial figures such as former Libyan Intelligence chief Abdallah Al Senussi and Wikileaks head Julian Assange.


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