Oct 23, 2017
Judge Giovanni Bonello
"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.