Lawyer Amal Clooney to visit India
Lawyer Amal Clooney reacts during a news conference for Mohamed Nasheed, in central London, Britain January 25, 2016. Former president of the Maldives, Nasheed, freed from jail last week to seek medical care in Britain, called on Monday for sanctions against Maldivian government figures as his lawyer warned a militant attack on tourists was highly likely. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is scheduled to visit India in the third week of March as one of the speakers at the India Today Conclave to start March 17. The two-day event will witness some of the finest minds come together to discuss and debate issues from around the world.

The conclave will provide an open platform for communication among the global experts from politicians to actors, according to organisers. “This edition of the India Today Conclave is firmly rooted in this millennium and looks ahead rather than at the past. The multi-sensory experience across two days will introduce new ways of communicating, interacting and debating,” said Conclave director Kalli Purie in a statement.

Purie added that the participants will get an opportunity to listen to bright minds and discuss new ideas. The 38-year-old lawyer, who has made a name for herself handling some very well-known clients, will be among the speakers at a conclave. Amal joins a line-up of 23 other speakers who will speak on various topics.

Along with the British-Lebanese lawyer, India Today Group has roped in French high-wire artist Philippe Petit. The latter’s life was the subject of recent Hollywood film “The Walk.”

Meanwhile, in February, Amal along with her Hollywood heartthrob husband George Clooney had a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The power couple met the chancellor to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and Europe’s efforts to help them. The A-list couple were in German to attend the opening of the Berlin Film Festival to promote George’s new film, “Hail, Caesar!”

The Clooneys were accompanied by David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads the aid group International Rescue Committee. Currently the attorney is trying to free her client Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives. Along with her co-counsel Jared Genser, she is lobbying for the release of her client.

Amal is defending Nasheed, who was charged with terrorism and sentenced to 13 years in prison after a much-debated trial. He had been charged of ordering the arrest of a judge while in office.