Speaker Date Topic
Judge Giovanni Bonello Oct 23, 2017
"The court the British hate" European Court of Human Rights

The court Brits love to hate - The European Court of Human Rights - my twelve years on it

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is the supreme court of Europe and has established the absolute supremacy of human rights in democratic Europe. It has changed, almost invariably for the better, the quality of life in post-war Europe. Its judgements are usually greeted by most Europeans, but, for historical reasons, it is the institution that most Brits love to hate. Judge Giovanni Bonello, who was judge in this Court for twelve years, will try to explain why.

Giovanni Bonello was judge at the European Court of Human Rights for twelve years, up to 2010. Before that he had been a lawyer in private practice, specializing in constitutional and human rights litigation, defending 170 human rights lawsuits before local and international courts. He was the legal adviser of the Chamber of Commerce.

He is the author of twenty-six books on art and history, four of which won the Best Book of the Year award.  Five full-feature books and a special edition of a law journal have been published about his work, which has also been the subject of university dissertations.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Valletta, President of the Malta Historical Society, and is general editor of Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti publications, consultant to the Palace Regeneration Project and Chairman of the university ethics and disciplinary board, and of the Drugs Offenders Rehabilitation Board. He is Chairman of the Bank of Valletta Arts Committee, and of the Strickland Foundation and sits on the Fortunato and Enrico Mizzi Foundation. He was a member of the main board of MEPA and chaired the National Committee for the Reform of the Administration of Justice.

He is a Companion of the National Order of Merit, a knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Cavaliere della Republica of Italy and was awarded the insigna for outstanding merits by the Russian Federation, an extraordinary gold medal by the judiciary of Moldova and the special gold medal by the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

His hobbies include archival research, abstract photography and baroque music.




Prof Stephen Calleya Nov 06, 2017
Managing Security Challenges in the Mediterranean


Professor Stephen C. Calleya is Director and International Relations Professor at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Malta. He is also former Rector’s Delegate for International Affairs at the University of Malta. 

Professor Calleya is advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malta with the status of Ambassador. He is also a former member of The Today Public Policy Institute, a think tank in Malta and a member of the Board of the European Documentation Research Centre, University of Malta. Between 1996 and 2012 Prof. Calleya has been the Project Manager of the Euro-Mediterranean Information and Training Seminars in Malta. Most recently in September 2017 Prof. Calleya  addressed the Presidents of the Arraiolos Group in Malta on the theme of ‘Managing Security Challenges in the Mediterranean’. 

Professor Calleya has compiled several analytical articles in refereed journals and the international synidicated press. His most recent publications in the refereed journals Mediterranean Quarterly and European View have focused on the evolution of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership that was launched in Barcelona in November 1995 and the impact that this multilateral initiative is having on relations in the Mediterranean area. He has edited two books on Economic Diplomacy in the Mediterranean in 1998 and 1999 respectively. In the Summer 2011 issue of the Harvard Political Review his analysis is quoted in two lead articles “Revolution & Democracy" by Catria O'Neill and "Been Here Before” by Allan Bradley. In 2013 Professor Calleya together with Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt co-authored an article entitled “How to Ride the Revolutionary Arab Lion?”, published by the World Security Network. Professor Calleya has also penned a chapter entitled ‘Developing States Diplomacy’ published in Constantinou, C. M., Kerr, P. & Sharp, P. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, London, SAGE Publications, 2016.  

Professor Calleya is also author of Navigating Regional Dynamics in the Post-Cold War World, Patterns of Relations in the Mediterranean World, published by Dartmouth 1997. He is also editor of the book Regionalism in the Post-Cold War World, published by Ashgate in March 2000. In 2002 he published the book Looking Ahead, Malta’s Foreign Policy Agenda, published by Miller Publishing House. In 2005 he published Evaluating Euro-Mediterranean Relations, published by Routledge. His most recent book is entitled Security Challenges in the Euro-Med Area in the 21st Century: Mare Nostrum, published by Routledge in 2013. 

Professor Calleya is a permanent Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Integration Studies (ZEI), University of Bonn. He is also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo) and he a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, (IISS). 

In 2011 he was awarded The Merit of Order by the Federal Republic of Germany and the The Cross of the Officer of the Order of Isabel la Catolica by the Spain. In 2015 Professor Calleya was awarded the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite by the Republic of France.  

As a guest analyst he has participated in numerous interviews including contributions to the BBC World Service and in the Financial Times and articles in Asharq-Al-Awsat.


Prof.Alex Torpiano Nov 27, 2017
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Prof.Arnold Cassola Dec 11, 2017 7:30 PM
"Suleyman the Magnificent and Malta 1565"

In his latest book on the topic, Prof.Arnold Cassola utilizes exclusively primary Ottoman sources (1564-1566), supplemented by contemporary evidence based on Balbi di Correggio’s 1568 diary in Spanish, to recount the 1565 Great Siege of Malta in a different way, i.e. from Süleyman the Magnificent’s perspective.


What preparations did the great Lawgiver undertake before the Siege?  What were the concerns, worries, the daily needs, the technicalities that he had to attend to during the siege, and in its immediate aftermath?  Based, as he was, in Constantinople (Istanbul), thousands of kilometres away from where the action was happening in Malta, how did the Sultan handle and coordinate the military action on the ground, whilst having to tackle other pressing problems arising in the different corners of his Empire, from Crimea to Algeria, from Morocco to the Epirus and Aetolia-Acarnania regions, from Anatolia to Macedonia?  

Cassola’s book will try to answer these questions through the behaviour, actions and thoughts of  Süleyman, as they transpire from the original commands and orders that he sent out in 1564-1566 to the various and different areas of the Ottoman Empire in Anadolu (Asia), Rumeli (Europe) and the Maghrib (North Africa). 


Arnold Cassola is Professor of Maltese and Comparative Literature at the University of Malta. He has also taught at the Universities of Catania (1981-1983) and Roma “La Sapienza” (1983-1988). He co-founded Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party in 1989 and was elected Secretary General of the European Green Party in Brussels (1999-2006) and Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (2006-2008)

He is the author of scores of academic publications and around thirty books, amongst which The Biblioteca Vallicelliana “Regole per la lingua maltese” (1992), ll “Mezzo Vocabolario” Maltese-Italiano del ‘700 (1996), The 1565 Ottoman “Malta Campaign Register” (1998), L’italiano di Malta (1998), The 1565 Great Siege of Malta and Hipólito Sans’s “La Maltea” (1999), The Literature of Malta: an example of Unity in Diversity (2000), El Gran Sitio de Malta 1565 (2002), Francesco Vella (1793-1868) - an unsung protagonist of Maltese language development (2003), Garibaldi, Capuana, Rizzo - due italiani a Malta, un italo-maltese a Tunisi (2007), Lost Maltese Newspapers of the 19thCentury (2011), Malta - People, Toponymy, Language (4th Century B.C. - 1600) (2012), The Belgian Memoirs of a Maltese Intellectual - Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680) (2012), The German Memoirs of a Maltese Intellectual - Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680) (2013), Malta-Pachino - una storia in comune (2014, with Silvio Aliffi), I Maltesi di Trapani (1419 -1455) (2015) and Malta-Sicily –People, Patriots, Commerce (1770-1860) (2016).


Speaker's Night Jan 22, 2018
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