Presidency of the Court

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President Guido Raimondi

Guido Raimondi was born in Naples (Italy) in 1953.

Former member of the Italian Court of Cassation, he has been a judge at the European Court of Human Rights since 5 May 2010 and become its President on 1st November 2015.

In September 2012 he was elected Section President and then Vice-President of the Court for a three-year term of office starting on 1 November 2012. He has been a member of the judiciary since 1977. In the first part of his career he worked in the lower courts, dealing with civil and criminal cases, until 1986, when he was assigned to the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Servizio del Contenzioso diplomatico). From 1989 to 1997 he was Co-Agent of the Italian Government before the European Court of Human Rights.

Between 1997 and 2003 he served on the Court of Cassation, first in the Advocate General’s office and then as judge. During the same period he occasionally served as ad hoc judge in cases before the European Court of Human Rights. In May 2003 he joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) as Deputy Legal Adviser. In February 2008 he became Legal Adviser of that organisation – a post he occupied until he took up his seat in Strasbourg.

He is the author of numerous publications in the field of international law, particularly human rights.

The plenary Court elects its President for a period of 3 years.

The President directs the work and administration of the Court. He represents the Court and, in particular, is responsible for its relations with the authorities of the Council of Europe. The President presides at plenary meetings of the Court, meetings of the Grand Chamber and meetings of the panel of 5 judges.

Official visits

  • Visit of the President of the Senate of Italy

    19/09/2016 

    On 16 September 2016, Pietro Grasso, President of the Senate of Italy, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. During the visit, he also met András Sajó, Vice-President, Judge elected in respect of Hungary, Ledi Bianku, Judge elected in respect of Albania, Kristina Pardalos, Judge elected in respect of San Marino and Vincent De Gaetano, Judge elected in respect of Malta, and members of the Registry.

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  • Visit by the President of the Parliament of Norway

    16/09/2016 
    Visit by the President of the Parliament of Norway

    On 15 September 2016, Olemic Thommessen, President of the Parliament of Norway, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Erik Møse, judge elected in respect of Norway, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Parliament of Slovenia

    16/09/2016 
    Visit by the President of the Parliament of Slovenia

    On 15 September 2016, Milan Brglez, President of the Parliament of Slovenia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Marko Bošnjak, judge elected in respect of Slovenia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

    08/09/2016 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

    On 7 September 2016, Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Julia Laffranque, judge elected in respect of Estonia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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Speeches by the President

President's interview

On the occasion of his official visit to Iceland, President Guido Raimondi gave an interview to the Icelandic television. (The interview starts at 11:47 min)

Video

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