The President

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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.

Presidency of the Court

The plenary Court elects its President, for a period of three years, provided that such period does not exceed the duration of the President's term of office. The President continues to hold office until the election of his or her successors.

The President of the Court directs the work and administration of the Court. The President 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 five judges. The President does not take part in the consideration of cases being heard by Chambers except where he or she is the judge elected in respect of a Contracting Party concerned.

Official Visits

  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra

    05/02/2016 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra

    On 4 February 2016, Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Pere Pastor Vilanova, judge elected in respect of Andorra, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by their Excellencies the Captains Regent of San Marino

    28/01/2016 
    Visit by their Excellencies the Captains Regent of San Marino

    On 28 January 2016, Lorella Stefanelli and Nicola Renzi, their Excellencies the Captains Regent, were received by President Guido Raimondi. Kristina Pardalos, the judge elected in respect of San Marino, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Romania

    01/02/2016 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Romania

    On 29 January 2016, Augustin Zegrean, President of the Constitutional Court of Romania, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Iulia Antoanella Motoc, judge elected in respect of Romania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Chief Justice of the Single Court of San Marino

    29/01/2016 
    Visit by the Chief Justice of the Single Court of San Marino

    On 29 January 2016, Valeria Pierfelici, Chief Justice of the Single Court of San Marino, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Kristina Pardalos, judge elected in respect of San Marino, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Undersecretary of State of Poland

    29/01/2016 
    Visit by the Undersecretary of State of Poland

    On 29 January 2016, Aleksander Stepkowski, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Krzysztof Wojtyczek, judge elected in respect of Poland, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Presidents of the Constitutional Court, Court of Cassation and Council of State of Turkey

    29/01/2016 
    Visit by the Presidents of the Constitutional Court, Court of Cassation and Council of State of Turkey

    On 29 January 2016, Zühtü Arslan, President of the Constitutional Court, İsmail Rüştü Cirit, President of the Court of Cassation, and Zerrin Güngör, President of the Council of State, visited the Court and were received by President Guido Raimondi. Işıl Karakaş, Vice-President, judge elected in respect of Turkey, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia

    29/01/2016 
    Visit by the Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia

    On 29 January 2016, Nino Gvenetadze, Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Georgia, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Nona Tsotsoria, judge elected in respect of Georgia, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    29/01/2016 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    On 29 January 2016, Francisco Pérez de los Cobos, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Luis López Guerra, Section President, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Albania

    29/01/2016 
    Visit by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Albania

    On 29 January 2016, Xhezair Zaganjori, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Albania, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Ledi Bianku, judge elected in respect of Albania, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Federal Minister for Justice of Germany

    28/01/2016 
    Visit by the Federal Minister for Justice of Germany

    On 28 January 2016, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Angelika Nußberger, judge elected in respect of Germany, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    28/01/2016 
    Visit by the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    On 28 January 2016, Yaroslav Romanyuk, Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Ganna Yudkivska, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of Bulgaria

    27/01/2016 
    Visit by the President of Bulgaria

    On 26 January 2016, Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Yonko Grozev, the judge elected in respect of Bulgaria, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia

    27/01/2016 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia

    On 26 January 2016, Gagik Harutyunyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Armen Harutyunyan, judge elected in respect of Armenia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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