“George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violation in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award,” flawless humans Amy Poehler and Tina Fey said during their Golden Globes opener this month, putting the media speculation around Amal Clooney in a nutshell.
Today, video has surfaced from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, of Amal Clooney’s incredible skills as a human rights lawyer at work: Clooney is currently representing Armenia in a case against Turkish politician Dogu Perincek who claimed in 2005 that the Armenian genocide was an “international lie”.
Clooney argued this week that Perincek’s remarks were particularly damaging, saying that the comment “cast doubt on the reality of the Armenian genocide that the people suffered 100 years ago.” The Armenian genocide, also known as The Armenian Holocaust, is one of the 20th century’s most sordid blights: 1.5 million Armenians were systematically exterminated by the Ottoman Empire‘s government, killing the minority Armenian population that was residing in what is now present-day Turkey.
London Telegrapher reporter Bruno Waterfield was live-tweeting the ECHR case, noting the “media circus” that followed Clooney. Speaking to Clooney after her speech, Waterfield commented on the paps’ presence at the court, and commented on the frenzy: “I think they expected you to turn up in Versace,” he reports.
Waterfield then tweeted Clooney’s ~flawless~ response, taking the joke and referring to the infamous London tailor known for its academic dress and ceremonial gowns:
I ask Amal Clooney about the fashion speculation. She laughed & pointed to her robes, “I’m wearing Ede & Ravenscroft” pic.twitter.com/cEsuy87Vda
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) January 28, 2015
The comment is coming off the back of a recent Twitter campaign known as #AskHerMore – a movement encouraging reporters to ask female celebrities more thoughtful questions in interviews and on the red carpet, because, srsly.
Watch Amal Clooney eloquently argue her case at the ECHR below. You’re a bloody lucky man, George.
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