At a press conference in Greece, she says she hopes she is "wise enough" to let her new husband choose his own causes

By Anthee Carassava and Michelle Tauber
Updated October 15, 2014 01:30 PM
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Amal Clooney has been stirring up a media frenzy in Greece since Monday with nothing more than her confident and stylish presence.

On Wednesday, she finally took the floor, speaking at a press conference in Athens to address her new case – and even her new husband, George Clooney.

Discussing the case, a longtime cultural property dispute involving Greek sculptures variously known as the Parthenon Marbles or the Elgin Marbles, the London-based attorney, 36 – part of a delegation from the Doughty Street Chambers law firm – forcefully called upon the British Museum in London to return the statues to Greece.

“This is an injustice that has persisted for too long,” she said of the dispute over the classical masterpieces, which were stripped from the Parthenon and sold to the British Museum by British diplomat Lord Elgin in the early 19th century.

In February, Amal’s Oscar-winning other half waded into the controversy while promoting his latest film, The Monuments Men, in which an Allied team retrieved artwork looted by the Nazis.

“I think you have a very good cause to make about your artifacts,” George said at the time. Returning them to Greece, he added, “would be a very fair and nice thing to do.”

Asked at the Wednesday press conference whether she would encourage her husband to become more – or less – vocal on the legal case she now handles, Clooney had a ready reply.

“I would just hope that, even at this very early stage in marriage, I am wise enough to know that it’s up to my husband to choose which cause he wants to support or not,” she said.

At another point in the press conference, Clooney delivered a soft-spoken yet stinging critique of the dispute that had her audience sitting on the edges of their chairs.

“A horseman’s head is in Athens and his body is in London,” she said of one of the statues. “Poseidon’s torso is separated between Greece and the U.K. This means that they cannot be celebrated and appreciated as a whole in the country they came from.”

“Now,” she said, “is the time to right that wrong.”

For much more on Amal, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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