Amal Clooney to teach at Columbia, while George films in NYC

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Amal Clooney, the wife of Oscar winner George Clooney, has signed on as a visiting faculty member and a senior fellow with the Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute. The 37-year-old London-based lawyer will be teaching at the prestigious Ivy League school, beginning this spring.

As first reported by People magazine, Clooney said in a statement that she is looking “forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here.”

Clooney’s course load will include lecturing in professor Sarah H. Cleveland’s human rights course and speaking about litigation to students in the school’s Human Rights Clinic.

Clooney, who specializes in human rights and international law, possesses a professional résumé that includes representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings and handling numerous cases before the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Among Clooney’s current clients are the Hooded Men, 10 individuals who claim they were tortured by the British Army in Northern Ireland throughout August 1971. She is also representing Armenia’s interests in a genocide trial.

The timing of Clooney’s Columbia duties will coordinate nicely with her new husband’s career. While she is teaching, George Clooney also will be based in New York, filming his new movie, “Money Monster.”

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