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Amal Clooney at Chatham House for The Use of Sanctions to Protect Journalists, London, 13.02.2020


The Use of Sanctions to Protect Journalists
13 February 2020 – 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Chatham House | 10 St James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Attacks against journalists and challenges to media freedom are urgent and global. The sharp decline globally of democratic values which are underpinned in international values highlights the need for a free press and the necessity for states to take concerted action to protect media freedom.

The High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom is an independent body convened at the request of the UK and Canadian governments in July 2019.

The remit of the panel is to provide recommendations to governments on how to better protect journalists and address abuses of media freedom in line with international human rights law.

Drawing on the panel’s new report, the speakers will discuss the use of targeted sanctions to protect journalists and a free press. Can the threat of targeted sanctions help curb the trend of increasing abuses against journalists?

And what legal frameworks and mechanisms will be necessary to ensure targeted sanctions achieve their goal of identifying, preventing and punishing abuses against journalists?

This event is organized in collaboration with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute which acts as the secretariat to the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom.

Professor Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Amal Clooney, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights; Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada (2003-06)

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Director, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

Lord Neuberger, President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2012-17)

Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler Online News Network

Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House

-> More information and video of the event here 











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28 thoughts on “Amal Clooney at Chatham House for The Use of Sanctions to Protect Journalists, London, 13.02.2020

  1. She a great women her styles are so gorgeous like the shoes she wearing I look at the shoes mostly that’s what makes the look and styles the outfit more.


  2. Amal looks striking in all black, as well as elegant! Her hair appears to be slightly trimmed shorter but still keeping to her classic style which I admire. I’ve missed seeing Amal and your posts Nati! Happy you both are back!


  3. Looked like she f-i-n-a-l-l-y cut her hair and updated her look but, of course, that wasn’t the case.

    She preens and acts so coquettish even in professional settings. Funny when women in my circle have seen videos of her – everyone notices the little girl preening.

    I can see she’s like that in her personal life as she doesn’t know how to talk to a man, she has to flirt-talk to him. She’s one of those girlfriends we all have … needs to be center of attention and needs the affirmation from all the men she encounters. But, can’t she reign that in a professional capacity especially when being a representative for those that are under-represented?

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    1. Agreed.

      A note to Amal’s people – a shoulder length hair takes off years from Amal’s age. The dried-up, dead ends and overly processed keratin straightening makes her look dated and very Real Housewives of Lebanon. Tacky tacky tacky.

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      1. I think that a shoulder length cut plus letting her hair go natural (curly) would look very well on her. Reverting to her natural color (brown) would also look less harsh IMO. All of the things she does result in a “Power” look; it’s not subtle. Maybe that’s what she’s aiming for. And, I suspect Amal’s sense of beauty has been (partially) shaped by her mother(e.g. large handbags) And that is the Real Housewives of Lebanon look!


    2. So sad so many women forgot to be feminine in all circumstances of life and try so much to imitate men and accuse other beautiful, feminine, balanced and confident women of little girl preening. No wonder George Clooney took so long to get married…


      1. Wow, feminine means softness and a gentleness and nurturing nature. It doesn’t mean needy of men’s attention expressed in obsessive hair tossing and coquettish. That’s not feminine that’s insecure. Feminine women are secure and confident.


      2. @Sim do you know what feminine even means? People are so confused about the term. It doesn’t mean girlish and silly. It is actually strong in their light and secure. Not Amal.


  4. When she was at Oxford, men were definitely interested in her and found her attractive.

    Her striking appearance and her extraordinary level of confidence drew in men. She had the “base” level of looks but because she actually and truly believed she was at the Victoria Secret-level of beauty she convinced everyone in her orbit that was the truth.

    Plus she’s smart and interesting. She feigns humility to offset her “beauty” (as she refers to herself). Us ladies all need that mirror she looks at – delusion is a mighty mighty drug.

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  5. The single hair toss, the coquettish lowering of the eyes, the thought bubble over her head that reads ‘I’m so god damn gorgeous,’ and the casual fondling of the hair – all reads like a Lifetime Network movie – not of an esteemed self-proclaimed human rights activist.

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    1. This is a funny comment. Once again, why are people like you, who obviously dislike Amal and have decided that you will dislike her no matter what, following this page and commenting?

      I, myself, am not some “stan” for her. I just appreciate some of her looks. But it seems you are here to hate and your posts reeks of jealousy.

      “the coquettish lowering of the eyes”: she’s referencing back to her speech that is on the podium. “the single hair toss”: her hair was in her face. But, of course, trolls such as yourself will always read into a photo/video what you want.



      1. Maybe you just don’t know the value of democracy, but criticizing something or someone doesn’t necessarily have to end up in hate.


  6. I agree about her hair; I also thought she had cut it shorter, but it’s just that the sides were curled. I do think a shorter cut would become her. As far as the dress, black is one of her best colors. But, the buttons actually ruin the dress. I think it would look more elegant without them. Also, the fit is off; it looks as if it is a size too small. In one of the photos, there is pulling in the bodice. The “too small’ fit is in vogue though. I see the same thing on many TV network news people etc. Good tailoring/fit can do so much for the body and I don’t understand why the “too small” fit is desirable. Re: the coquettish behavior with men, I personally don’t think any woman who does this- and Amal does-, can call herself a feminist. Just my opinion!

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      1. Jamie wrote that Amal is NOT acting like a feminist. Re-read the sentence again. Amal’s behaviorisms and mannerisms speaks to a woman who does not act empowered, at least superficially. Ugh, you know, the woman who is a BOSS in the boardroom but is the woman who HAS TO BE CENTER OF ATTENTION with men. Sweet to men, indifferent at best to women who threaten her (average looking) appearance.


      2. Truthteller:
        I read a story this morning on the Harper’s Bazar site that Amal has “long been a champion of women’s rights,” and that she is chairing a forum for women changemakers in Dubai. Of course, she has never been a champion for women; she is someone who has always been focused on promoting herself. This really bothers me when the work of true feminists goes unrecognized. Again, this really bothers me.


      3. @jamie Even my straight male friends find that screaming for attention and preening that Amal displaces as annoying and unattractive. One said it just looks immature like a high schooler vying for the quarterback’s attention.


      4. Hi Truthie:
        You know, I want to qualify my comment a bit. Amal is like many women of her age (and younger) in that there is no work/commitment to advancing feminist goals: equal pay, equal opportunity in career advancement etc. I was reminded of this watching a show on PBS called, “Makers: Women in Politics.” The interviews with many women who made deep sacrifices and commitments to creating equality for women in politics is wonderfully documented here. One doesn’t have to agree with the specific politics of any of these women to appreciate what they accomplished. This is a very good documentary. Anyway, it sticks in my craw when women are credited as feminists who have advanced the cause of women are given credit they don’t deserve. I don’t know if I can leave the link for the show here, but I will:


  7. Nati:
    Thanks for the photos of Amal, George and-what-we-could-see-of-the twins on your Twitter. It’s amazing–they have gotten so big. They are nice family photos! Wish we could see more of the kids…Ella’s hair looks quite light…does she take after aunt Rosemary?


  8. Hi Nati! I’m new to this blog but I appreciate what you’ve done with it. It’s cool to be able to look up some of my favorite looks from Amal. Is there a reason you keep up spiteful comments about Amal when this seems to be a page for those who appreciate her work and her style?


  9. FIRSTLY: It’s a bit disconcerting and confusing reading some of these comments. I assume some or most of you are women. From the same mouth that you proclaim that Amal Clooney is not a feminist (Based on what? I don’t know; you’re obviously not looking at her track record or work), you “criticize” her as someone who preens and acts for the attention of men––which are all baseless envy-tinged conjectures given that none of us know her personally nor have interacted with her.

    @Jamie @Truthie SECONDLY: To quote Wikipedia, “Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.” And to quote the Oxford dictionary a feminist is simply “a person who supports feminism.” There is no one type of feminist; there is no one feminism. And that is a fact. It is a range, perhaps even a spectrum.

    “There is no work/commitment to advancing feminist goals.” Have any of you looked at the work that Amal has been doing for years on the Yazidi women who were treated as subhuman at the hands of ISIS? She’s doing incredibly important work that affects all women, especially those most vulnerable in developing nations and in territories where ISIS is based. Who are we/you to decide whether or not she is a feminist or feminist enough because she hasn’t focused her life’s work to equal pay and career advancement, when she’s working to get it on court record the rape and abuse against women at the hands of ISIS, so that there is precedent to prosecute against future offenses anywhere in the world in the future.

    I am not saying equal pay/career advancement for women is not important because it definitely is and it will definitely affect my life once I enter the workforce after law school but feminism encompasses more than that. Please do your research. There is literally a whole section of this website dedicated to her legal work.

    Oh! And @Momo , trust me I know what democracy is; I study it at one of the best universities in the nation. To hide behind “criticism” is a bit cowardly. If we were discussing how her speech could’ve been better delivered, or an argument Amal made, or even the color of a dress she’d worn then “criticism” would be a valid argument but what I read was unnecessarily vicious and demeaning and based on what? Nothing but jealousy, I presume. We don’t know her. But some of the comments read as if she’s dating one of your ex’s lol.


    1. Cleo:
      There is a saying that attorneys have that applies here:
      “When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, call the other lawyers-or bloggers in this case- names.

      Re: facts, you should know that Nadia Murad is the women who began advocating for human rights for the Yazidis; she is the one who has done so for years. She approached Amal for legal assistance. It wasn’t the other way around.

      Re: Amal’s legal work, when she came on the scene about 6 years ago, many practicing lawyers looked up her cases and offered their opinions on blogs. FYI, she is not a trial attorney, what she does is a kind of PR work due to her platform as George Clooney’s wife; she brings attention to issues.

      Re: the preening, the orchestrated pap walks, the designer clothes etc, those are all true. And, I have to say, although I support Amal’s work at the Clooney Foundation, that all came about with her husband’s money. There has also been a lot of PR image building for Amal.

      So to quote you, “Please do your research.”


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