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. 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 Minister of Justice of Monaco

    23/05/2016 
    Visit of Minister of Justice of Monaco

    On 20 May 2016, Philippe Narmino, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of Judicial Services, President of the Conseil d’État of Monaco, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Philippe Narmino was accompanied by Didier Linotte, President of the Supreme Court, Jean-Pierre Dumas, President of the Court of Revision, and Brigitte Grinda-Gambarini, President of the Court of Appeal. The delegation also met the Director General of DG Human Rights and Rule of Law, Philippe Boillat, and had talks with other Council of Europe bodies including CEPEJ and the CPT. Stephanie Mourou-Vikström, judge elected in respect of Monaco and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also took part.

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  • Visit by the "Contrôleure générale des lieux de privation de liberté" of France

    10/05/2016 
    Visit by the "Contrôleure générale des lieux de privation de liberté" of France

    On 10 May 2016, Adeline Hazan, "Contrôleure générale des lieux de privation de liberté" (General Inspector of all places of deprivation of liberty) of France, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. André Potocki, judge elected in respect of France and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance of Albania

    10/05/2016 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance of Albania

    On 9 May 2016, Ylli Manjani, Minister of Justice of Albania, and Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Finance of Albania, visited the Court and were received by President Guido Raimondi. Ledi Bianku, judge elected in respect of Albania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament of Italy

    22/04/2016 
    Visit by the Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament of Italy

    On 21 April 2016, Maria Elena Boschi, Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, 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

Former Presidents

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