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 the Slovak Republic02/03/2017
From 1 to 3 March 2017, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to the Slovak Republic. On that occasion, he was received by Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic. He also met Béla Bugar, Vice-Chairman of the National Council, and Jana Bajánková, President of the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic. President Raimondi moved to Košice, where he was received by Iveta Macejková, President of the Constitutional Court. President Raimondi was accompanied by Alena Poláčkova, judge elected in respect of the Slovak Republic, and Milan Blaško, Deputy Section Registrar....
Visit by the Minister of the Interior of Austria23/02/2017
On 22 February 2017, Wolfgang Sobotka, Minister of the Interior 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....
Visit by the Committee on the Constitution of Sweden09/02/2017
On 9 February 2017, a delegation of the Committee on the Constitution of Sweden, headed by Andreas Norlén, Chair, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Helena Jäderblom, Section President and judge elected in respect of Sweden, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, 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.