Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in.

Amal Clooney
Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in.

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Today's Leadership Quote is inspired by last week's Scholar Spotlight on @Angela Venus Sakuntala, a Laidlaw Scholar at the @The University of Hong Kong. Angela highlighted Amal Clooney as a significant influence, saying, “Her commitment to justice and her exceptional eloquence always inspire me. As a highly accomplished human rights lawyer, she utilises her expertise in law to champion causes that protect the rights of marginalised individuals. To me, she is a great example of a leader who supports the causes she believes in an eloquent way.”

Amal Clooney: "Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in. When you are in your rocking chair talking to your grandchildren many years from now, be sure you have a good story to tell."
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The Journey of a Human Rights Advocate

Born on February 3, 1978, in Beirut, Lebanon, Amal Clooney’s journey has been nothing short of remarkable. Her family relocated to London during the Lebanese Civil War, where she later pursued a career in law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from St Hugh’s College, @Oxford University, and continued her studies at New York University School of Law, where she earned a Master of Laws (LLM).

Clooney’s professional career is defined by her work as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, where she specialises in international law and human rights. She has represented clients in high-profile cases, including political prisoners, journalists, and victims of mass atrocities. Her eloquence and commitment to justice have made her a powerful advocate on the global stage.

Championing Justice and Human Rights

Amal Clooney’s work extends beyond the courtroom. She has served as a special adviser to the United Nations and as a visiting faculty member at @Columbia University  Law School. Her advocacy for human rights has earned her numerous accolades, including the prestigious Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.

One of her most notable contributions is her co-founding the  Clooney Foundation for Justice with her husband, George Clooney. The foundation aims to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms, and communities worldwide. It focuses on fighting for the rights of marginalised individuals, exposing human rights abuses, and advocating for the rule of law.

Reflecting on Leadership

Amal Clooney’s quote encapsulates the essence of leadership: courage, challenging the status quo, and standing firm in one’s beliefs. Her words remind us that true leaders are those who create impactful stories through their actions. As leaders, we can draw inspiration from her example to be brave, challenge the orthodox, and support the causes we believe in.

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