Giovanni Bonello

Giovanni Bonello was judge at the European Court of Human Rights for twelve years. Before that he had been a lawyer in private practice, specializing in human rights and constitutional litigation, defending 170 human rights lawsuits before local and international courts. He was the first Maltese delegate to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (The Venice Commission)and chaired the National Committee for the Reform of the Administration of Justice.

His clients included the Malta Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Embassy, the Archbishop’s Curia, Enemalta and the Apostolic Nunciature.

He is the author or sole editor of 35 books on art, history and constitutional law, five of which won the Best Book of the Year award, besides innumerable articles and papers on cultural and legal issues. Five full-feature books and a special edition of a law journal have been published about his legal and cultural achievements.

He presides over the Strickland Foundation and is General Editor for Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti and sits on the Institute of Baroque Studies.

He was President of the Malta Historical Society, of the Drug Offenders Rehabilitation Board, of the University ethicsand discipline board,of the Bank of Valletta Arts Committee, of the Notarial Archives Foundation and was a member of the Fortunato and Enrico Mizzi Foundation and of the main board of MEPA and of the Bank of Valletta.

He is a Companion of the National Order of Merit and Cavaliere della Repubblica of Italy. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the special medal of the judiciary of Moldova and the Insigna of Merit by the Russian Federation.

His interests include archival research, non-figurative photography, African art and classical music.