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

  • Meeting with the Government Agents

    Meeting with the Government Agents

    On 4 December 2017 the Government Agents, who represent the States in the proceedings before the Court, attended a meeting in which President Guido Raimondi, Vice-President Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Section President Helena Jäderblom, Roderick Liddell, Registrar of the Court, Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, Section Registrars, Deputy Section Registrars, and other senior Registry lawyers took part. This event, which occurs every two years, provides an opportunity for the Agents to express their concerns and indicate any problems they have encountered in their work, while it allows the Court’s representatives to explain and get feedback on new working methods. Various procedural and practical matters were discussed in the course of the meeting.

  • President Macron visits the ECHR

    President Macron visits the ECHR

    The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, paid an official visit to the ECHR on 31 October 2017. He met the judges of the Court and addressed an audience made up primarily of judicial, political and diplomatic representatives.

    This was the first time that a French President addressed the Court.

    Webcast of the ceremony 

    Photo Gallery

    Speech by President Guido Raimondi (only in French)

    Speech by President Emmanuel Macron

  • Visit by the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

    Visit by the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

    On 18 October 2017, Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Alena Poláčková, judge elected in respect of the Slovak Republic, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.


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)


Former Presidents


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

All official visits

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