Our Mission

The aim of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law is to tackle the erosion of the Rule of Law affecting many countries across the world and to promote the universality of human rights, in continuity with the work Marco Pannella had devoted his entire life to.

Right to Know

We believe that the right to know is a core element of the Rule of Law. The principle of political accountability must be upheld in order to improve the full application of the Rule of Law and to prevent human rights violations.

Sign the Appeal

In support of the initiative at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where the resolution “Freedom of the Media, Public Trust and Right to Know” has been introduced.


The United Nations defines the rule of law as a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.

67th UNGA Declaration, 24 September 2012

Marco Pannella

Honorary President – in memoriam

Marco established the Global Committee for the Rule of Law (GCRL) in March 2016, just over two months before his passing. He was Honorary President and upon his decease the GCRL was named after him. By resorting to fasting on countless occasions, he pushed farther Gandhi’s doctrine of nonviolence, in order to advance his goals and convince those in power to abide by the laws and rights that they frequently trampled on. Marco was an extraordinary freedom-loving politician and friend, greathearted and unyielding Member of Parliament and civil rights activist, which is why we believe he was and will remain an inspiring protagonist of Italian and transnational politics.

His motto was: “The Rule of Law for the right to live”


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