Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks at Salem State College

Sep. 25—SALEM — Worldwide human rights lawyer Amal Clooney addressed a crowd of greater than 900 individuals Tuesday night for the Salem State College Basis, Inc.’s speaker sequence.

Award-winning journalist and Salem State alumna Anne Driscoll ’76 interviewed Clooney about her work as a world human rights lawyer. This 12 months marks the fortieth anniversary of the Basis’s widespread speaker sequence. The occasion was held at Salem State’s O’Keefe Complicated.

Clooney is an award-winning lawyer specializing in worldwide regulation and human rights and a visiting professor at Columbia Regulation College. Described as a “sensible authorized thoughts,” Clooney ceaselessly represents victims of mass atrocities, together with genocide and sexual violence. She has acted in lots of precedent-setting human rights circumstances in recent times, together with the world’s first trial towards an ISIS member for genocide and the primary case alleging complicity in crimes towards humanity by an organization that funded the phobia group.

She has additionally represented Armenia in a case involving the Armenian genocide and was just lately counsel to 126 victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, on the Worldwide Legal Courtroom. In 2021, she was appointed particular adviser to the prosecutor of the Worldwide Legal Courtroom on Darfur. Clooney additionally represents political prisoners all over the world and has helped to safe the liberty of journalists arbitrarily detained for his or her work throughout the globe.

In 2020, Clooney was the recipient of the Gwen Ifill Award for ‘extraordinary and sustained achievement in the reason for press freedom’ from the Committee to Defend Journalists.

Driscoll is an award-winning journalist and two-time Fulbright Scholar to Eire who investigated wrongful convictions and lectured on the Nationwide College of Eire, Galway, the Irish Innocence Mission at Griffith School in Dublin and on the Justice Brandeis Regulation Mission of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis College in Massachusetts.

Her investigative work helped exonerate Angel Echavarria, sentenced to life with out parole, however launched in 2015 after serving 21 years in jail for a homicide he did not commit, and has additionally been cited by the authorized crew of Stephen Pina, who has been freed.

Her work additionally contributed to Irish President Michael D. Higgins giving the primary posthumous presidential pardon in Irish historical past for Harry Gleeson, who was wrongfully hanged to loss of life in 1941 for the homicide of his neighbor Moll McCarthy. She can be a licensed licensed social employee in Massachusetts who has written a self-help guidebook sequence for ladies.

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