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 to Portugal

    17/01/2017 
    Visit to Portugal

    On 15 and 16 December 2016, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Portugal. On that occasion, he was received by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal. He also met Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Francisca Van Dunem, Minister for Justice. During his visit, President Guido Raimondi had a meeting with António Henriques Gaspar, President of the Supreme Court of Justice, and took part in a welcome session with Judges of the Court. He also met Manuel da Costa Andrade, President of the Constitutional Court. President Raimondi was accompanied by Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, judge elected in respect of Portugal, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registar.

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  • Visit to Paris

    16/01/2017 
    Visit to Paris

    On 13 January 2017, President Guido Raimondi was received by Gérard Larcher, President of the Senate. André Potocki, Judge elected in respect of France, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended this meeting.

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  • Official opening of the judicial year at the Court of Cassation (Paris)

    16/01/2017 
    Official opening of the judicial year at the Court of Cassation (Paris)

    On 13 January 2017, President Guido Raimondi attended the ceremony to mark the opening of the judicial year at the Court of Cassation in Paris. Bertrand Louvel, President of the Court of Cassation, presided. President Raimondi was accompanied by André Potocki, Judge elected in respect of France, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar.

    Speech by Bertrand Louvel (in French only)

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  • Visit to the Russian Federation

    15/12/2016 
    Visit to the Russian Federation

    On 6 and 7 December 2016, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to the Russian Federation. On that occasion, he met Vyacheslav Lebedev, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Valery Zorkin, President of the Constitutional Court, and Yuri Chaika, Prosecutor General. President Raimondi delivered a speech at the 9th National Congress of Judges. He was accompanied by Dmitry Dedov, judge elected in respect of the Russian Federation, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar.

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Visit to Portugal

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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