After a string of supermodel girlfriends, George Clooney is believed to be engaged to human rights lawyer Alma Alamuddin
As an Oxford graduate, humanitarian lawyer and adviser to the UN, Amal Alamuddin might seem an unlikely match for one of Hollywood’s most eligible men.
But George Clooney has reportedly put a string of supermodels and actresses behind him and proposed to the British lawyer whose life is a world away from the glitz of celebrity life.
Miss Alamuddin, 36, has carved out an impressive career for herself as a high flying lawyer working out of London’s Doughty Street Chambers.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, and fluent in both French and Arabic, Miss Alamuddin studied at St Hugh’s College at Oxford University before going to the New York University School of Law.
After graduating she passed the New York Bar in 2002 and the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple) in 2012.
She now specialises in international law, human rights, extradition, and criminal law and has represented Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, in his battle against extradition to Sweden.
She also advises governments on international law, is an adviser on Syria to The UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan, and is Counsel to the Inquiry into the use of drones in counter terrorism operations.
She also assisted the Presiding Judge, Judge Patrick Robinson, on trial of Slobodan Milosevic and is a legal adviser to the King of Bahrain.
According to her chambers entry, she has represented clients before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the UK and US.
She also trains judges, state officials and UN investigators on international criminal law and human rights and has trained police forces in the Gulf.
On top of her busy work schedule, Miss Alamuddin has contributed to many books on international criminal law, co-edited The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and lectured at SOAS, The New School in New York, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Although her life may seem a far cry from the glittering Showbusiness world Clooney inhabits, the pair are known to have things in common.
Like Miss Alamuddin, Clooney has long shown interest in human rights issues, most notably the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
And neither are strangers to flattery – while Clooney may be seen as one of the most eligible men in the world, Miss Alamuddin has been voted the hottest barrister in London by the blog Your Barrister Boyfriend.