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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 21 2016, 11:18

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Amal Clooney and Nani Jansen to act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

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Amal Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street International specialising in international law and human rights law, has joined Nani Jansen, Legal Director at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, as co-counsel representing Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights in Ismayilova v Azerbaijan (Application no. 30778/15). The appointment of Mrs Clooney as co-counsel was confirmed by Khadija in a signed power of attorney delivered last month. 

Khadija is an investigative journalist, human rights defender and outspoken critic of the Azeri government.  She uncovered evidence of serious corruption by the Presidential family in Azerbaijan in 2012 and was subjected to extensive harassment and intimidation as a result.  
She was arrested in December 2014 on suspicion of ‘inciting another person’s suicide’ and later faced further unfounded charges of tax evasion, ‘illegal entrepreneurship’ and abuse of power. She was repeatedly denied bail and ultimately convicted after a sham trial in September 2015.  She is currently serving a seven and a half year sentence in a Baku prison. Observers have dismissed her trial as being politically motivated and part of a broad pattern of increasing restrictions on human rights in Azerbaijan, including curtailing the freedom of the press.

Counsel for Khadija filed an application challenging her detention before the European Court of Human Rights, alleging that her charges and pre-trial detention violated her rights under Articles 5, 6, 10 and 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The application has been accepted by the Court and the Government of Azerbaijan’s response was due on 15 January 2016.  Counsel for Khadija have six weeks to reply to the Government’s response and will be requesting that the Court hold a hearing in Strasbourg.
Press inquiries should be directed to Nani Jansen at the Media Legal Defence Initiative (Nani.Jansen@mediadefence.org).


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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by carolhathaway on Thu Jan 21 2016, 11:28

So that's a clear statement by Doughty Street Chambers.
Because after Amal had announced in the interview that she will be defending this journalist there were articles that even her own lawyers don't know about that. And some people on her style blog commented that she was lying.

I couldn't imagine that she would announce it if it wasn't certain.

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Post by annemarie on Thu Jan 21 2016, 12:18

There will always be those who don't like Amal and look for something wrong in what she says or does. It has been happening since the beginning. I agree with you she has no reason to lie about a case . I

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Post by Donnamarie on Thu Jan 21 2016, 13:29

I still do not understand some people who question Amal's authenticity or credibility as a lawyer.  And I mean LEGITIMATE questions.  There has never been any, any facts to contradict her qualifications, her ability or expertise as a lawyer.

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu Jan 21 2016, 13:42

Donnamarie wrote:I still do not understand some people who question Amal's authenticity or credibility as a lawyer.  And I mean LEGITIMATE questions.  There has never been any, any facts to contradict her qualifications, her ability or expertise as a lawyer.
Donna,
I totally agree with you.
But if you read the comments on social medias (and I'm NOT talking about COH) I often have the feeling that some people doubt everything, don't trust anybody (except their own brilliant minds) and aren't able to even think about other arguments and respect other opinions.
I just read an essay on one of our political magazines, and the author asked for people with just average intelligence to comment and not just those who say: "It's raining because the roads are wet" and aren't even able to understand the meaning of the word 'because'...

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 21 2016, 17:59

Aazerbaijan's reactions get worse - blaming Amal for her connections with Armenia and being against all Turkic states.......


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Azerbaijan attacks Amal Clooney over support for jailed journalist
Pro-state media accuse human rights lawyer of harbouring vendetta for taking Khadija Ismayilova’s case to European court. Eurasianet reports

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Clooney is merely ‘trying to become as famous as her husband’, the actor George Clooney, Azerbaijani media claims. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

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Thursday 21 January 2016 12.23 GMT   Last modified on Thursday 21 January 2016 12.24 GMT  

  • British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has sparked outrage in Azerbaijan by taking on the case of jailed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the government, has been in prison for more than a year on charges she claims are politically motivated.
Clooney and the Media Legal Defence Initiative will challenge Ismayilova’s detention in the European court of human rights, saying her extended pre-trial imprisonment violates the European convention.
The Azerbaijani media, which often acts as a mouth piece for the government, responded to the news by accusing Clooney of harbouring a vendetta against the Turkic countries of central Asia.
“Clooney targets Turkic states in her path to fame,” claimed AzerNews on Wednesday – an outlet known to defend the government against criticisms of human rights abuses.

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“We would like to note that Amal Clooney is an ethnic Armenian and she represented Armenian interests in the European court for human rights,” echoed the Haqqin.az news service.
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Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1990s. Clooney is of Lebanese heritage.
Ismayilova, 39, was detained in December 2014 after allegedly prompting a co-worker to attempt suicide but remained in custody even after the the charges were dropped, said Media Legal Defence Initiative attorney Nani Jansen.

The initiative is also representing Ismayilova in a case which accuses the government of failing to prosecute those involved in a sex-video blackmail attempt against her, which they say violated her right to privacy.

The journalist has also been sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years in prison on “economic charges” in a verdict delivered in September. Supporters say the conviction is in retribution for her exposés of corruption at the hands of the president, Ilham Aliyev.

Under the European court rules, Ismayilova’s case must go through the national appeal process before being considered. After being rejected at theBaku court of appeals, Ismayilova’s lawyers filed a case with Azerbaijan’s supreme court and expect to hear back “in two to three months, ” Interfax-Azerbaijan reported.

The attacks on Clooney focus on a 2015 Armenian genocide-denial case she led and lost against a Turkish politician, also at the European court. This has fed accusations that the 37-year-old attorney is on an anti-Turkic tirade.

As close allies, Turkey and Azerbaijan both oppose Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

“Anti-Turkic activities indeed helped Amal, a Lebanese by origin with close roots to large Armenian community in her motherland, to get distinguished in her lawyer career,” wrote AzerNews. Adding that Clooney’s “anti-Turkic” spree was a “bid to catch up [with] with her husband’s [George Clooney] fame.”


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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by carolhathaway on Thu Jan 21 2016, 18:17

party animal - not! wrote:Aazerbaijan's reactions get worse - blaming Amal for her connections with Armenia and being against all Turkic states.......


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This statement really got personnel...

So because of Amal's Lebanese heritage she's an enemy of Turkey and Azerbeijan? I don't really get the point why they suggest she's pro Armenia from her heritage. But maybe there are conflicts and connections going under surface for centuries. 
I remember reading a comment about the Elgin Marbles. She was blamed for bringing the U.K. on trial although Britain gave her and her family a new home, she shouldn't work against Britain. Rolling Eyes

I think she really must have a thick skin for ignoring attacks like these...

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Post by Katiedot on Thu Jan 21 2016, 19:27

carolhathaway wrote:So because of Amal's Lebanese heritage she's an enemy of Turkey and Azerbeijan?
 It's because she led a case against Turkey supporting Armenian claims a couple of years ago.

Then this agency decided to smear her by saying she's of Armenian heritage (a lie as far as I know) in order to be able to brand her an untrustworthy, biased liar.

What I really love is how they tried to smear her by claiming she's only doing this for fame.  Sounds like some Clooney fans we know, eh? Wink

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Post by annemarie on Thu Jan 21 2016, 19:39

Definitely sounds like some fans we know.

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 21 2016, 20:04

Don't forget that the Armenian Genocide 100 years anniversary is in April, and both George and Amal are attending, and George will be presenting the 100 Lives Prize, and she her scholarship.........

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Post by Katiedot on Thu Jan 21 2016, 20:25

Exactly. She's done a few pro-Armenian cases (for no personal reasons that I can see) which is enough for them to smear her as an anti-Turk person.

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu Jan 21 2016, 20:49

Katiedot wrote:
carolhathaway wrote:So because of Amal's Lebanese heritage she's an enemy of Turkey and Azerbeijan?
 It's because she led a case against Turkey supporting Armenian claims a couple of years ago.

Then this agency decided to smear her by saying she's of Armenian heritage (a lie as far as I know) in order to be able to brand her an untrustworthy, biased liar.

What I really love is how they tried to smear her by claiming she's only doing this for fame.  Sounds like some Clooney fans we know, eh? Wink
Katie,
I didn't know that she'd done an Armenian case before, just thought it's about the Perincek vs. Switzerland.

One of my collegues is married to a Turkish woman, and when this case came up I asked him about the Armenian genozide, and he said that his wife was outraged, she had learnt at school that the Armenians were enemies of Turkey and wanted to liquidate all Turks. Therefore they had to be deported, but she hadn't heard anything about that many of them had been killed.

I mean, we Germans had been really good at starting (and losing) wars and killing millions of people, but at last I heard so much about it at school, it was a subject matter for twelve years, in History, Politics, RE, Ethics...
But at least nobody here can say that he didn't know anything about the Holocaust or what Hitler's intentions were...

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Post by Katiedot on Thu Jan 21 2016, 20:56

carolhathaway wrote:One of my collegues is married to a Turkish woman, and when this case came up I asked him about the Armenian genozide, and he said that his wife was outraged, she had learnt at school that the Armenians were enemies of Turkey and wanted to liquidate all Turks. Therefore they had to be deported, but she hadn't heard anything about that many of them had been killed.
 Tell me about it!  I've got a few Turkish colleagues and they are ADAMANT that there wasn't a genocide and that in fact the Armenians were a danger to the friendly helpful soldiers who supported them as they chose to leave the country of their own accord.  It's not their fault: this is what they're taught in school and we all pretty much believe what we're taught as chidlren and it shapes our worldview.  I believe that until recently (and possibly maybe even still today) it was illegal in Turkey to make any claims that there was a genocide or that any Armenians were killed in large numbers.

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu Jan 21 2016, 21:20

Katie,
I just checked wikipedia, and they say that Turkey doesn't deny that about 300,000 Armenians were killed but justified it as necessary because the Turkish government wasn't sure the Armenians would stand loyal to Turkey. So it's the easiest thing just to kill them...
Wikipedia also says that until now - if you would say or write anything about the Armenian genozide (they use a different term, of course) that isn't compatible with the official statements - you might get arrested because you 'insult to the Turkish nation'. So Orhan Pamuk (writer and Nobel laureate) mentioned that Turkey killed 30,000 Kurds and 1 million Armenians, and had to indemnify six Turks who felt insulted by this comment.

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Jan 21 2016, 22:22

George has been involved for some time with the Armenian question. 

 Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize winner who supported and worked with him in all his efforts in Darfur, and he have a long history together.........

He will be presenting the 100 Lives Humanitarian award I think.......

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Post by carolhathaway on Wed Jan 27 2016, 19:55

A very interesting article about Khadiya Ismayilova:

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Post by annemarie on Wed Jan 27 2016, 20:20

This woman has been through a lot and shown tremendous courage . I hope Amal and Nan can get her out of jail.

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Post by lelacorb on Thu Jan 28 2016, 19:38

the next case? The defense of human rights in El Chapo!

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New filing in Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu Mar 17 2016, 09:51

Amal's excellent response to Azerbaijan government!


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Post by annemarie on Thu Mar 17 2016, 10:34

The reaching that goes on in some of these cases is ridiculous, her heritage has noting to do with doing her job even if she was she could still represent her client. The whole line of reasoning is ridiculous.

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Post by Donnamarie on Thu Mar 17 2016, 12:22

Amal can certainly handle this kind of negative rhetoric put out by a government on the defensive. The reaching is pretty incredible. If the government feels that they are right and have a strong case against Ismayilova they should stick to the facts instead of attempting to discredit her lawyer. Makes them look desperate IMO.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat Apr 09 2016, 16:21

Khadija has just been awarded an international prize by Unesco


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Post by party animal - not! on Mon Apr 25 2016, 16:07

Amal to be on bbc world news about the case in half an hour live......

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon Apr 25 2016, 16:49

I just read your post PAN before heading out the door so decided to check out BBC on tv.  Amal was just being introduced.  Timing is everything right!

Amal handled herself so well.  She defended her client quite effectively.  And talked about a free speech crisis happening in our world.  Sure we will have video really  soon.

She also had something to say about our presidential elections.  She got it right IMO!


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Post by carolhathaway on Mon Apr 25 2016, 17:46

I really hope that we'll get to see the video

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Post by party animal - not! on Mon Apr 25 2016, 18:19

Yep, sure you will.

Really broad interview, but I would loved to ask what she thought of Angela Merkel agreeing with Erdogan's: demand that a German cartoonist who ridiculed Erdogan's be punished. Where does that leave George and Amal''s Je Siuis Charlie stance. Wd have loved to hear her view....especially as she referred to Reporter Without Borders

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue Apr 26 2016, 07:09

PAN,
 that's a very good point you made. This issue is really widely fiscussed in Germany.

Many people here critizised the agreement between the EU and Turkey concerning refugees. The medias covered it a lot, and satirists tried to cover it as well, in the way satirists do. One TV show did it in a really good way and upset Turkey and Erdogan already. This satirist you talked about then came up with a poem which was really disgusting. He used a lot of dirty words, called him a 'goat f...er' and invoked on freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of art. 

We do have a law which dates back to the early 20th century that says it's a crime to insult a foreign president, and Erdogan convened on that. If we didn't have the refugees crisis and woukd, in some way, need Turkey, it hadn't been a big deal as I suppose. But there was a lot of pressure, we've got more than 2 million Turks living in Germany, and even our jurists discussed it very controversial, so she allowed it. 

To be continued...

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue Apr 26 2016, 10:13

Sorry I had to stop writing about two hours ago.

Turkey was a quite modern country for nearly one century. Kemal Ataturk who founded it in 1923, modernized it and used European countries as an example. Laicism, the separation of government and religion, was a big part of it, as well as equal rights for men and women.

After World War II, there were a few putschs in Turkey, mostly by militarys.
In the 1980s the problems with the Kurds in Turkey became obvious. They had been suppressed for many years, weren't allowed to live their culture and speak their language. So the PKK was founded, a political party whose members also allowed bombings (we had the same with the Basques in Spain, the IRA in Ireland etc.) It's the neverending story: If you repress others because of their race, religion or language, they will fight back... Repression doesn't work forever.

So around 2000, the rights of the Kurds were forced, their language is allowed on TV etc.
But the fightings still continue, up to now about 40,000 people (Kurds and Turkish soldiers) were killed.
About ten years ago Turkey applied to join the EU. The EU demands Democracy, rule of law, human rights and protecting minorities. Which the Turkish constitution guarantees.

That's the theory.
Human Rights Watch complains that there's torture, abusion of minorities, ...
Policemen terrorize People - often Kurds - they are not allowed to demonstrate anymore. There's a law to fight terrorism which allows it to close down newspapers. Freedom of press is decreasing (at the Press Freedom Index Turkey went down from ranking #99 in 2002 to #149 in 2015), the president often feels insulted and fires journalists.
Some years ago he built a big palace for himself, paid by the people, in a protected landscape. When journalists critizised that some were imprisoned, others lost their jobs... TV stations were closed down. Erdogan's wife wears a hijab which was very uncommon.

The country seems to turn into an islamic state which I don't want to rate in general. And the president seems to get more and more power and influence which I don't see as a positive sign...

So you could say that this German satirist wanted to provoke Erdogan and knew what he did and what would happen. You could also say that this shouldn't stop from reporting. It's just the question that you are allowed to insult somebody and demand freedom of press...


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Post by starlove on Tue Apr 26 2016, 13:28

If amal respected the fredoom of  speech why she make Clombia students sign papers to not speak about her and what discussed??

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Post by PigPen on Tue Apr 26 2016, 13:35

Starlove...............don't do what I do.. do what I say.

Remember-she's a celebrity and mega barrister, must protect her privacy.  LOL

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue Apr 26 2016, 13:39

Here is "part" of the BBC interview. Don't know why the whole interview wasn't posted

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Apr 26 2016, 13:44

You underestimate her, Pigpen. She'd rather talk about the wider issues in the world than herself - and those students are there to study law....which other professor do you know who would prefer to talk about themselves and their private world in lectures rather than matters pertinent to the subject itself?

And she's also protecting her husband - obviously.......

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Post by annemarie on Tue Apr 26 2016, 14:24

I think she guards her privacy, there are enough ridiculous things said about her out there. The students are there to learn from her and the subject is law.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue Apr 26 2016, 14:28

Amal spoke to BBC Azeri today

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by PigPen on Tue Apr 26 2016, 15:08

party animal - not! wrote:You underestimate her, Pigpen. She'd rather talk about the wider issues in the world than herself - and those students are there to study law....which other professor do you know who would prefer to talk about themselves and their private world in lectures rather than matters pertinent to the subject itself?

And she's also protecting her husband - obviously.......
I appreciate your thoughts PAN, but why can't the students discuss what her presentations are about??   My understanding is, there is pretty much a gag order (unofficial, of course) that nothing is to be discussed outside the classroom.   Why wouldn't she want her audience to be open about her knowledgeable presentations?  Unless they aren't all that great!!

 Running the risk of starting a roe..... how is this protecting George?  What does he have to do with her appearance at the University?

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Apr 26 2016, 15:28

Umm, fair points, Pigpen, but don't forget that the gutter press have already tried quizzing many of the students for tittle-tattle. And we don't know whether they offered them money for exclusives, or followed them to the nearest coffee shop to overhear their conversation or to their homes or take photos of all of them. 

That's what the press would hope for, and not what the syllabus is or their views on human rights law in a particular country or on a particular case they are writing up or what they learned in a particular lecture. That's not what sells newspapers.
 

So I think Columbia Law School is entitled to say please don't discuss this outside the classroom......she just wants to get on with her job and presumably so do the students.......

Find it really interesting that we've also had precious little coverage of their stay in NYC this time around............

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by annemarie on Tue Apr 26 2016, 16:04

True pan the press are not interested in her course they want gossip and even some made up would do. The press can take any thing said and turn it into something that was never said.

I think the first visit they were newlyweds enjoying the city and all it offered. I think they also tired of the press every time they went out , I think Amal has realized as much as George wants her to lead as normal a life as possible it is hard especially in New York, maybe that is why they have been keeping a low profile while here.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by PigPen on Tue Apr 26 2016, 16:07

Proving that they can go unnoticed when they want- and be "hounded by the press
  when it serves their purpose.  (  ?? cause they call them ahead of time to let them know their whereabouts??)

I know I get flack about this- but I really feel they plan all this stalking by the nasty press, when they feel the need , or need to feel the love of their public.  All calculated, coordinated.  Just my opinion.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by annemarie on Tue Apr 26 2016, 16:20

I don't see George calling the paps nor Amal  , I do see people who want to make a fast buck informing on where they will be or when they have arrived at a spot.

Also , the first time they moved here it was all over the press so paps new when they would be here, this time it was a little piece about Amal teaching.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by LizzyNY on Tue Apr 26 2016, 17:10

There are so many "celebrities" and wanna-be's running around this city half-naked, throwing themselves in front of the paps, that they make G&A look downright boring. Maybe after Money Monster opens the coverage will pick up, but I think the wall -to-wall coverage is over. The novelty of their relationship has worn off and unless they do something astounding I think the heavy-duty coverage of them is on the back burner for most of the media.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by Fingersandtoes on Tue Apr 26 2016, 18:13

I think if she makes her students sign NDA, good for her. Why would any of her students talk about her or her lectures to the press? It would benefit no one but the gutter press.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by annemarie on Tue Apr 26 2016, 19:18

Lizzy , I agree and I think that is just how George and Amal want it, they can get on with their lives in peace.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by Donnamarie on Tue Apr 26 2016, 20:14

Agree with the sentiments here. George and Amal have such full lives already. With each other, their careers their families and friends. They don't need to "make" news for themselves. If the paps are losing interest in the two of them I can imagine that's just fine with them. I remember George telling Amal when they were in New York last year that they couldn't go for a casual stroll in Central Park because they would be hounded by the paps. I think that's one of the reasons their Sonning home will be kind of their refuge. They can probably walk about town and no one will really care.

If indeed Amal's students did sign a NDA it was for the right reasons. To maintain the integrity of the classroom.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by Tulips on Wed Apr 27 2016, 00:42

This link has 10 minutes of the interview.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by Donnamarie on Wed Apr 27 2016, 02:09

Ahhh, thanks Tulips. I couldn't find the video of the full interview this morning.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by annemarie on Wed Apr 27 2016, 02:10

Thank you Tulips.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by carolhathaway on Wed Apr 27 2016, 07:05

Thank you Tulips! The interview was very informative, and I liked that Amal always tried to get back to the case, her client when being asked about her fame, and she didn't talk about the fundraising events for Hillary but talked about what Trump had said about women etc. 

One thing which always disturbs me in interviews in general are the 'closed questions': How disturbing do you find it what Trump said about several issues? How happy are you that you won this race? You know, the answer will never be: "I don't find it disturbing at all." or: "I'm not happy at all". At the same time the answers always seem to be uninspired because you always confirm by repeating the question.

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by party animal - not! on Wed Apr 27 2016, 11:12

.......yep, carol, it's almost as bad as the microphone under the nose of the interviewee with the off-camera question 'how do you feel?'!!

Waiting for the day an intrepid reporter is standing in the middle of a hurricane on a boat in a stormy sea and is directed to ask that very question and the response will be 'Oh, wonderful!' But they have my sympathy sometimes cos the reporter has the studio yelling in his/her earpiece 'you've got another five minutes to fill and we'll edit out what we don't want'.......

Ps Loved the fact that Amal gave her views on Trump without naming him....

oh, and the BBC Azeri piece is in English.......

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Re: Amal Clooney's Next Case: act as Co-Counsel for Khadija Ismayilova before European Court of Human Rights

Post by carolhathaway on Wed Apr 27 2016, 13:54

party animal - not! wrote:.......yep, carol, it's almost as bad as the microphone under the nose of the interviewee with the off-camera question 'how do you feel?'!!
Yep, and they do it the minute after you'd finished  a marathon

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