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Amal Clooney appointed special adviser to ICC prosecutor

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney was named as one of 17 special advisers to the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Friday.

Amal, 43, was appointed as an adviser on the Darfur region of Sudan, where prosecutors allege that government forces and militias backed by Khartoum carried out a campaign of genocide.

Other advisers focus on topics including crimes against children, gender persecution, sexual violence and slavery.

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 43, (pictured in 2019) was named as one of 17 special advisers to the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Friday

Amal recently served as a legal representative for 126 survivors of crimes committed in Darfur, in a case against a leader of the government-backed Janjaweed militia. 

Her husband, actor George Clooney, 60, has campaigned for years to stop the human rights atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Clooney founded NGO Not on Our Watch in 2008 with his fellow Ocean’s 11 co-stars to bring global attention to the human rights violations in Darfur.

In a statement on the International Criminal Court appointments, Prosecutor Karim Khan said: 'I am delighted to welcome such an outstanding group of experts and I am grateful for their willingness to serve as my Special Advisers.

'I have no doubt that with their enormous experience and hugely impressive credentials, they will significantly contribute to the work of the Office and the cause of international criminal justice.'

The Oxford-educated barrister is qualified to practice in the United States and the UK and specializes in international law and human rights.

Amal, 43, was appointed as an adviser on the Darfur region of Sudan, where prosecutors allege that government forces and militias backed by Khartoum carried out a campaign of genocide (pictured at the European Court of Human Rights in 2015)

Her husband, actor George Clooney, 60, has campaigned for years to stop the human rights atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan. Pictured: Clooney at a camp in Darfur in 2008

She has represented clients before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, with one of her notable clients being Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, 

Amal has been married to her actor husband for almost seven years and they have four-year-old twins together, Alexander and Ella. 

Earlier this year, the celebrity couple, who wed in 2014, were forced to shut down speculation they were expecting their third child. 

Meanwhile, her husband George recently said he didn't realise there was something missing in his life until he met his spouse.

Speaking on Today back in March, he said: 'There are some people, their goal was: "I have to have children." Mine wasn't. I wasn't looking at life, going: "My life will be unfulfilled without children." I felt like I had a pretty full life.

'Then I met Amal and realized that my life had been pretty empty. And then when you throw these two kids in there, then suddenly you realise how incredibly empty it was.'

Amal has been married to actor George Clooney for almost seven years and they have four-year-old twins, Alexander and Ella (the couple pictured together in 2019)

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