Amal Alamuddin is George Clooney’s finance. The stalwart Hollywood bachelor is engaged to a woman both beautiful and formidable. Those searching for photos and information will encounter a Lebanese-born British lawyer who specializes in international law and has achieved much notoriety in her field.

Yes, the engagement is a surprise. The 52-year-old George Clooney is off the market. And the woman who has won his heart is not an actress or a model or a cocktail waitress or an exotic dancer or a wrestler or a reality TV star or any such category from which we normally start looking.

Along with the alluring photos (which you can see here) of the beautiful 36-year-old brunette — who might seem to fit such categories we find quite a remarkable story.

From rumors of dating and the many paparazzi photos — including a safari trip in Africa which you can see here — which seemed to prove it we have gone to a solid report from People magazine that the couple is now engaged and Alamuddin has been spotted wearing an engagement ring.

Now that we can take this all quite seriously we must do some catching up. What do we known of the Amal Alamuddin biography. Quite a bit. She was born in Lebanon and is now a citizen of the UK. As for her distinguished career in law we can find these details from numerous sources widely available on the Internet. Starting with her profile on LinkedIn is a barrister (lawyer) at Doughty Street Chambers in London which is a firm that specializes in human rights and civil liberties. Her specialty is international law. She received her education at Oxford University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.

She has also achieved some notoriety as the legal counsel for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and as such representing him in extradition proceedings in the UK as he remains presently in London at the Ecuadorian embassy. She has also achieved notoriety as an adviser to Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Alamuddin is also a book author, notably of The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, published by the Oxford University Press. She has been a contributing author for other published works as well.

While she has achieved such notoriety in her profession, in recent months, she has drawn the interest of the entertainment and celebrity world. For celebrity watchers who eagerly await the wedding of Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney it should make for quite a fascinating story as it unfolds, and we will soon be speaking stringing together words we did not think we would, George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin; stay tuned for updates! Meanwhile you can see more pictures via the video below.