June 2018

Amal Clooney in conversation with Nick Clooney

7:00pm-8:30pm | Roy Thomson Hall - 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney joins veteran journalist Nick Clooney to talk about the most pressing human rights issues facing the world today.

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Amal Clooney in conversation with Nick Clooney

Amal Clooney

Human Rights Lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers
Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney is a British human rights lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and human rights. She is also a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches Human Rights.

Her clients have ranged from political prisoners and ousted Heads of State to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republic of Armenia. She has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and various courts in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Oxford-educated lawyer is a frequent adviser to governments on international law and has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria. While in The Hague she worked on the genocide trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Since then she has challenged the detention of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymonshenko at the European Court of Human Rights. She has advised the Greek government on the return of the Parthenon Marbles, represented the Chagossians on their legal fight to return to their islands, and acted as counsel to the Armenian government in a case on the Armenian genocide.

She has recently represented three political prisoners: Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was convicted in the ‘Al Jazeera trial’ in Egypt; former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, who was imprisoned on false terrorism charges; and award-winning Azerbaijani journalist ‘Khadija', who was arrested in Baku after reporting on corruption by the Azerbaijani President. All have now been released from detention.

She is currently counsel to Nadia Murad and other Yazidi women who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, working to secure accountability for the genocide committed by ISIS in national and international courts.

Amal Clooney is on the UK government’s list of experts on international law and on the government’s panel to prevent sexual violence in conflict. She has also been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights.

In 2016, she co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice with her husband. One of their first projects -- aiming to educate thousands of refugee children in Lebanon --was showcased at the 2016 United Nations summit on the refugee crisis.

Nick Clooney

Veteran Journalist

Nick Clooney

Nick Clooney has been a broadcaster since he was 16 years old. For most of the intervening years, his focus has been radio and television news. His career has also encompassed hosting talk shows, researching and introducing "golden era" films for American Movie Classics, lecturing about news, American history and movies, writing a newspaper column three days a week and authoring three books, including "Nick: Collected Columns of Nick Clooney” in 1997.

But gathering and delivering news has been Nick Clooney's passion since he was a little boy in Maysville, Kentucky, listening to the unforgettable voices of Ed Murrow, Elmer Davis, William Shirer and others describing the panorama of World War II on the radio. It was in Maysville that Nick began his broadcasting career. His first assignment, appropriately, was reading a newscast.

Over the years, Nick Clooney has been a reporter, anchor, managing editor and news director in Lexington, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio, Salt Lake City, Utah, Buffalo, New York and Los Angeles, California. He has been a speaker, master of ceremonies, moderator or panelist at more than 3,000 events and has delivered the commencement address at high schools, colleges and universities more than 30 times.

When anchoring in Los Angeles, Nick Clooney was selected as one of “the best in the business” of television news by Washington Review of Journalism. He has been inducted into the Cincinnati, Kentucky and Ohio Journalism Halls of Fame, named a Kentucky Distinguished Broadcaster and elected to the Ohio Radio and Television Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.

Nick Clooney has received an EMMY for commentary and another for historical narration. He was nominated three times for National EMMYs for his work with American Movie Classics. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Northern Kentucky University.

In 2006, Clooney and his son George travelled to Darfur, Sudan and filmed a documentary, A Journey to Darfur. In 2008 it was released on DVD with the proceeds from its sale being donated to the International Rescue Committee to help the people of Darfur.

In fall 2008, Clooney joined the faculty at American University in Washington, D.C. as American University School of Communication and Newseum Distinguished Journalist in Residence, where he taught Opinion Writing in fall 2008, and Films that Changed Us, a new course based on his book, The Movies That Changed Us: Reflections on the Screen (Atria, 2002).

In 2014, Nick Clooney appeared in The Monuments Men which was directed by his son, George Clooney, who played one of the leading characters, Stokes. Nick Clooney played the older Stokes visiting Bruges, Belgium, years later to see the Madonna, which was one of the many treasures rescued by the Monuments Men.

Nick is married to Nina Warren Clooney, a writer, TV host and inventor. Their children are Ada, a writer, and George, an actor, producer and director. Nick’s late sister Rosemary Clooney was a world-famous singer and actress.

Nick and Nina have lived for 40 years in tiny Augusta, Kentucky, 20 miles from where Nick was born.

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