Happy Birthday, Amal Clooney! Inside Her Amazing Year
Happy 39th birthday, Amal Clooney!
It’s been a tremendous year for the international human-rights lawyer, who scored key legal victories on several high-profile cases she’s been working on in addition to traveling around the world with her husband, George Clooney. The glamorous couple just celebrated her birthday together in Barcelona, Spain.
Take a look back at some of her most memorable moments in the last year.
Amal started the year in Washington, D.C., where she met with top lawmakers like Sen. John McCain to discuss the plight of her client, former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, who was charged with terrorism in 2005 and ultimately sentenced to 13 years in prison after a controversial trial. Amal and her legal team had argued that Nasheed had been wrongfully imprisoned and that his detention was “in violation of international law.”
In defense of her client, Amal also did her first-ever U.S. network television interview with NBC News anchor Cynthia McFadden, during which she opened up about navigating her newfound fame while still focusing on her work, and saying that giving up is “not an option.”
The London barrister celebrated a victory in late January when she was able to bring Nasheed to London in order to undergo spinal surgery. She later met then -U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron alongside Nasheed to continue the fight for his permanent release. In May, Nasheed was granted asylum in the U.K.
The Clooneys kicked off the month by attending the premiere of George’s movie Hail, Caesar! in Los Angeles. The couple also celebrated Amal’s 38th birthday later that week, where they were joined by close friends Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford — and kept George’s Casamigos tequila flowing.
That month, they traveled to Germany to attend the Berlin premiere of the film and later met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and lend their support the cause.
Amal and George continued their efforts to advocate on behalf of Syrian refugees in March by sharing a video of a recent meeting they had with several refugees in Germany.
“My own family is from Lebanon and they also ran away from a war, and were lucky enough to be accepted by a European country in 1982 while the violence there was really bad,” the human-rights lawyer shared in the video.
Amal also spoke during the opening ceremony of the International Government Communications Forum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in late March.
Amal continued to partner up with her husband to support causes they believed in. The couple co-hosted a fundraising event at their Los Angeles home for Hillary Clinton in her bid to secure the Democratic nomination for president. The event provided one lucky contest winner a chance to attend the fundraiser and meet Clinton and the Clooneys.
The contest winner told PEOPLE that Amal is “classiest person in the world, I think.”
It was a glamorous month for Amal as she traveled to the Cannes Film Festival to support her husband’s movie Money Monster. The lawyer made a splash on the red carpet in a gorgeous yellow gown. The couple were also seen around town enjoying local restaurants and taking in the sights before setting off to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican, where they were honored for their charity work.
Happy second anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Clooney!
The lawyer was back at work in September to represent her new client Nadia Murad, an ISIS human trafficking survivor. Murad was named a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in New York where Amal gave an impassioned and emotional speech denouncing ISIS.
Amal with Nadia Murad at the UN
Amal also revealed that she and George had discussed the dangers that come with taking on a case involving ISIS, telling NBC’s Cynthia McFadden that “this is something I discussed with my husband before I would take on something like this … and we are aware of some of the risks involved.”
The human-rights lawyer spoke in Austin at the Texas Conference for Women, where she revealed that her mom is the person she admires most. Amal also cited Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as one of her biggest inspirations.
The couple attended a screening of Syrian refugee documentary The White Helmets in London and later traveled to Davos, Switzerland, where Amal was honored at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for human-rights work. Former Vice President Joe Biden was also at the event, where he was photographed chatting with the couple.
PEOPLE confirmed that Amal is pregnant and expecting twins!
“I think it’s the most responsible thing you can do, to have kids. It’s not something to be taken lightly,” George told PEOPLE in 2006, when he was named Sexiest Man Alive for the second time. “I don’t have that gene that people have to replicate. But everything in my life has changed over time.”
The Talk‘s Julie Chen reported that the twins are due in June.