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 by the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights10/07/2017
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....
Visit by a delegation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport07/07/2017
On 6 July 2017, a delegation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, led by John D. Coates, President of the CAS, paid a visit to the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. During the visit the delegation took part in a Round Table with judges of the Court and members of the Registry....
Visit by the Minister of Justice of Slovenia05/07/2017
On 4 July 2017, Goran Klemenčič, Minister of Justice of Slovenia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Marko Bošnjak, judge elected in respect of Slovenia, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting....
Speeches by the President
Speech by President Guido Raimondi (in French only)...
Meeting with NGOs and applicants' representatives02/12/2016
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.