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 by the Minister of Justice of Italy

    21/02/2018 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Italy

    On 20 February 2018, Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice of Italy, 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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  • Visit to Austria

    16/02/2018 
    Visit to Austria

    From 9 to 10 February 2018, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Austria. On that occasion, he was received by Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria. During this visit, he also met Josef Moser, Minister of Justice. President Raimondi was accompanied by Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, judge elected in respect of Austria.

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  • Visit by the Federal President of Austria

    26/01/2018 
    Visit by the Federal President of Austria

    On 25 January 2018, Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, judge elected in respect of Austria, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Court of Cassation of Turkey

    26/01/2018 
    Visit by the President of the Court of Cassation of Turkey

    On 26 January 2018, İsmail Rüştü Cirit, First President of the Court of Cassation, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Işıl Karakaş, judge elected in respect of Turkey, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the General Prosecutor of Romania

    26/01/2018 
    Visit by the General Prosecutor of Romania

    On 26 January 2018, Augustin Lazar, General Prosecutor 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.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    26/01/2018 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    On 26 January 2018, Juan José González Rivas, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Luis López Guerra, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister for Justice of Monaco

    26/01/2018 
    Visit by the Minister for Justice of Monaco

    On 26 January 2018, Laurent Anselmi, Minister for Justice, President of the Council of State, Director of Judicial Services of Monaco, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström, judge elected in respect of Monaco and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Supreme Court and by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

    26/01/2018 
    Visit by the Supreme Court and by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine

    On 26 January 2018, a delegation of the Supreme Court of Ukraine led by President Valentyna Danishevska, and a delegation of Judges of the Constitutional Court composed of Viktor Horodovenko, Stanislav Shevchuk, Ihor Slidenko, and Oleksandr Tupytskyy, were received by President Guido Raimondi. Ganna Yudkivska, Section President, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, 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

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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