Amal Alamuddin is advising the Greek government in its bid to reclaim the Parthenon Marbles.
Amal Alamuddin, after all the glitz, glamour and extravagance of that wedding to George Clooney in Venice (it was reported to have cost £8m FYI), is back at work. But she wasn’t able to ease slowly back into her day job of top international human rights lawyer.
No, no. Amal was in Athens to start advising the Greek government on its bid to reclaim the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the British Museum, where they have been since 1816. No biggie, then.
With the world watching, the 36-year-old arrived in the Greek capital to take part in the long-running cultural row and was greeted by dozens of photographers.
Amal’s chambers, Doughty Street, confirmed the lawyer’s role in the negotiations, as well as her formal name change from Alamuddin to Clooney. A statement said: ‘Mr Robertson and Mrs Clooney were first asked to provide legal advice to the Greek government on this matter in 2011.
‘They will be holding a series of meetings with government officials during their stay, including the Prime Minister, Mr Antonis Samaras, and the Minister of Culture, Mr Konstantinos Tasoulas.’
Wearing a smart cropped white jacket, taupe trousers and the widest smile, Amal looked confident as she greeted the waiting press and headed on in to the government building to do her thing.
On day two of her three-day visit, Amal Clooney attended a meeting with Greek Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas and headed to lunch with her team – all under the watchful gaze of the media, the scrutiny of which she is handling with aplomb, by the way.
Speaking to the Guardian, Amal said: ‘In my view returning the Parthenon Marbles to Greece is the just thing to do.
‘I hope that an amicable solution to this issue can be found, given the longstanding friendship between Greece and the UK.’
Next up, for Amal? A tour of the Acropolis Museum where the Greeks hope to house the British Museum’s collection, should their case be successful.