Amal Clooney takes on new case for displaced Chagos Islands residents

While her husband George Clooney is off on a motorcycle road trip with best friend Rande Gerber, Amal Clooney has been hard at work in London, fighting her latest legal battle in Britain’s Supreme Court. The human rights lawyer is representing more than 2,000 Chagos Islands residents who were forced to leave their homes in the 1960s to make way for a US military base.


Amal appeared at London's Supreme Court on behalf of displaced Chagos Islands residents. Photo: Keystone Press

Amal, 37, returned home to her native England to help her firm, Doughty Street Chambers, in their efforts to overturn a 2008 ruling that saw Chagos Islanders unable to reclaim their land. This is the latest high-profile court case for the Lebanon-born barrister, who has recently represented Armenia in a Genocide trial and fought on Greece’s behalf for the return of the historical Elgin Marbles.

The human rights lawyer chats with Chagos Refugee Group leader Olivier Bancoult outside the courthouse.

George and Amal, who tied the knot in a lavish Italian wedding ceremony last September, have spent the last few months in New York City, where the Oscar-winning actor worked on the film Money Monster alongside Julia Roberts, while Amal was stationed as a visiting professor within the law department at Columbia University. The arrangement was the perfect compromise for the busy newlyweds, whose jobs take them all over the world. They were able to work during the day and then enjoy stylish dinner date nights out on the town.

The happy couple share a laugh on the New York set of Money Monster. Photo: © Rex

“When I knew I was going to do Money Monster in New York, Amal said, ‘I will go teach at Columbia,” George told Hello! earlier this year. “Our deal is we can’t be more than a week away from one another. So far, that’s worked out pretty well.” The couple plans to relocate to a nine-bedroom manor in England later this year.

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