Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver the opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, scheduled for November 14-16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Registration for Greenbuild is now open.

Clooney is a British lawyer who specializes in international law and human rights. She is also a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches human rights. Her clients have ranged from political prisoners to ousted heads of state. She is currently counsel to Nadia Murad and other Yazidi women who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, working to secure accountability for the genocide committed by ISIS in national and international courts.

She is a frequent adviser to governments on international law and has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria. Clooney is on the UK government’s list of experts on international law and on the government’s panel to prevent sexual violence in conflict. She was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights. In 2016, she co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice with her husband, actor George Clooney. One of their first projects — aiming to educate thousands of refugee children in Lebanon — was showcased at the 2016 United Nations summit on the refugee crisis.

This year’s Greenbuild theme of Human X Nature describes the intersection of humanity and the built environment. The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment around us. For more information on Greenbuild 2018 and to register, visit www.greenbuildexpo.com.

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