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Amal Clooney to become US university lecturer

Lebanese lawyer would lecture on human rights at New York's Columbia University

Amal Clooney to become US university lecturer

Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney, who shot to fame after marrying George Clooney in 2014, will become a visiting lecturer at Columbia University, the prestigious American institution has announced.

Amal Clooney would lecture on human rights during the spring, the university said.

She also would serve as a senior fellow with the university’s Human Rights Institute.

"It is an honor to be invited as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School alongside such a distinguished faculty and talented student pool," Clooney, 37, said in a statement.

"I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here."

Clooney, who is based in London, has led legal efforts to release three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt. Two were released on bail last month, while Peter Greste was allowed to return to Australia.

She also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings and has advised Bahrain’s King Hamad and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s envoy on Syria.

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