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Clooney fiancee to head UN probe into Gaza

By Jennifer Cockerell

Lawyer Amal Alamuddin has been chosen by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of violations of the rules of war in Gaza.

Beirut-born Alamuddin, a barrister specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law, has been a legal adviser to the UN in a number of its previous investigations.

She is engaged to actor George Clooney.

The London-based lawyer will join Doudou Diene of Senegal and William Schabas of Canada to serve as members on the international commission, the UN said.

At least 1,948 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict, along with 67 Israelis, according to UN figures.

The situation has led to calls to investigate Israel for war crimes, with comparisons being drawn to the Holocaust. The council decided – by a vote of 29 countries in favour – to launch the inquiry at its emergency meeting on July 23. The commission is to present a written report to the Human Rights Council at its session next March.

Alamuddin (36) is a member of Doughty Street Chambers in London, having joined in 2010 to complete her pupillage

The Oxford-educated barrister, who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has been described as a "passionate defender of human rights".

She was previously counsel to the inquiry led by the UN into the use of drones, and was legal advisor to former secretary-general Kofi Annan on the Syria conflict and head of the commission probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri.

She has also represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

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