Presidency of the Court

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.

Rules of Court - Presidency

Official visits

  • Visit to Lithuania

    14/09/2017 
    Visit to Lithuania

    From 11 to 13 September 2017, Vice-President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos paid an official visit to Lithuania. On that occasion, he was received by Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania. During this visit, Vice-President Sicilianos met a delegation of Judges of the Supreme Court led by its President, Rimvydas Norkus. He also met Milda Vainiutė, Minister of Justice. Vice-President Sicilianos was accompanied by Egidijus Kūris, judge elected in respect of Lithuania, and Marialena Tsirli, Section Registrar.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Ukraine

    11/09/2017 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Ukraine

    On 11 September 2017, Pavlo Petrenko, Minister of Justice of Ukraine, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Ganna Yudkivska, Section President and judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    10/07/2017 
    Visit by the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    On 7 July 2017, Roberto F. Caldas, President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Registrar of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, paid a visit to the Court and were received by President Guido Raimondi. Luis López Guerra, judge elected in respect of Spain, 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)

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Former Presidents

Hammer

Since 1959, 13 judges served as President of the European Court of Human Rights. The President is elected for a three year term by the plenary Court, composed of 47 national judges.

Former Presidents

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