Amal Alamuddin 'Horrified,' but Unable to Serve on Gaza Rights U.N. Probe

Amal Alamuddin attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence (Getty Images)
Amal Alamuddin attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence (Getty Images)

George Clooney wasn't totally joking when he said he's marrying up.

Amal Alamuddin, who is reportedly set to wed the Oscar-winning actor next month, was chosen for the U.N.'s three-member commission to look into possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza.

The 36-year-old Alamuddin is a London-based international law specialist and former legal adviser to the prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Unfortunately, Clooney's fiancée said she is unable to accept the position.

"There are various reports published today stating that I have been appointed as one of three members of the UN Commission of Inquiry for Gaza," the British barrister said in a written statement Monday. "I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed."

Alamuddin, who specializes in international law, human rights, extradition, and criminal law, concluded: "I was contacted by the UN about this for the first time this morning. I am honoured to have received the offer, but given existing commitments — including eight ongoing cases — unfortunately could not accept this role. I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavors."

Another existing commitment is planning her upcoming nuptials to The Monuments Men actor.

Last week, it was confirmed Lebanese-born, Oxford-educated beauty filed the documents for her intention to marry (the U.K. equivalent of filing for a marriage license) in London, where she resides.