Amal Clooney: Here’s why prominent human rights lawyer quit UK envoy role

Clooney’s move came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government introduced legislation that would rewrite its post-Brexit obligations to the EU over Northern Ireland.

High-profile human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on September 18 resigned her post as a UK envoy on media freedom, in protest at the government’s “lamentable” decision to breach its EU divorce treaty, The Guardian reported.

Clooney’s move came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government introduced legislation that would rewrite its post-Brexit obligations to the EU over Northern Ireland.

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Undermining the rule of law “threatens to embolden autocratic regimes that violate international law with devastating consequences all over the world”, she wrote in a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and seen by AFP.

“Although the government has suggested that the intended violation of international law is ‘specific and limited’, it is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago,” the prominent human rights lawyer said.