Amal Clooney, Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year, talks about her fight for justice

Her specialty is the struggle at the international level for the rights of women and the persecution of those who tyrannize them, imprison them, dehumanize them. But Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Clooney, 44, doesn’t like to talk about herself, so to convince her, the magazine Time asked one of his clients, journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, to interview him.

With her surviving an arrest warrant, prison and whom she helped free, Amal Clooney lists her biggest current cases: getting, for example, convictions of Islamic State terrorists for raping and sexually enslaving Yazidi women, bringing former Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir before International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur, or even how she helped local associations withdraw a text in Tanzania banning pregnant or married students from going to school.

It doesn’t stop there. The cases Amal Clooney works on range from Afghanistan to Belarus. “Justice doesn’t work that way just because the law is on your side she saidit must be provoked, the abuses exposed, and this is done by bringing those who commit the abuses to justice, daring to prosecute them so that their crimes do not go unpunished.” When it comes to war, military, armed, offensive response, the lawyer puts the word justice back on the table. And international law, because it exists, because it needs to be understood.

Media coverage sadness: The only thing left of this press interview is Amal Clooney’s little confidence in her actor husband George, in whom she says she found an inspirational partner and loyal support. Well, that’s what makes headlines. But she’s used to it and says that since she can’t do anything about it, she doesn’t pay attention to it and prefers to tell herself that one day, helping from fatigue, such a demotion to the rank “a woman from…” will not happen again.

Amal Clooney is an active optimist. She, who also teaches law, says the new generations of students are more dedicated, engaged and determined to change the world. She says that thanks to them we can hope. This is good: Amal in Arabic means “hope”.

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