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 implications of the rule of law and to prevent human rights violations.



Cancel the UN tribute to Ebrahim Raisi

The Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella”, through his President Giulio Terzi, fully endorses an open letter signed by incumbent and former UN Ambassadors, UN experts and officials addressed to the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Dennis Francis, expressing opposition and profound disappointment at…


The United Nations defines the rule of law as a principle of governance in which all persons, entities, public and institutions 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

Marco Pannella established the Global Committee for the Rule of Law (GCRL) in March 2016, two months before he passed away two months later. He served as Honorary President and upon his death the GCRL was named after him. A long-standing MP and MEP Mr. Pannella was largely inspired by Italian philosopeher and president of the Liberal Party, Benedetto Croce. Mr. Pannella also followed the doctrine of nonviolence of Gandhi and Martin Luther King jr, resorting to hunger strikes and sit-ins. Marco Pannella co-founded the Radical Party in 1955 and turned it in a transnational NGO after the fall of the Soviet empire. A staunch European federalist and supporter of the rule of law, democracy and human rights, Mr. Pannella is widely recognized as the father of the abortion and divorce law in Italy and the leader of many civil rights campaigns.

His motto was: “The rule of law for the right to life”