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.
Visit to Estonia17/10/2016
On 13 and 14 October 2016, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Estonia. On that occasion, he met Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia. He also met Eiki Nestor, President of the Parliament, Norman Aas, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, and Kai Härmand, Deputy Secretary General. During his visit, President Guido Raimondi had a meeting with Priit Pikamäe, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and took part in a panel session at the Estonian Lawyers’ Days. President Raimondi was accompanied by Julia Laffranque, judge elected in respect of Estonia, and Marialena Tsirli, Section Registar....
Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia12/10/2016
On 11 October 2016, Jürgen Ligi, 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....
Visit by the President of the French Republic11/10/2016
On 11 Octobre 2016, François Hollande, President of the French Republic, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. André Potocki, the judge elected in respect of France, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Minister of Justice of Romania11/10/2016
On 10 October 2016, Raluca Alexandra Prună, Minister of Justice of Romania, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Iulia Motoc, judge elected in respect of Romania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
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)
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.