Presidency of the Court

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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.

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.

Official Visits

  • Visit by the Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament of Italy

    22/04/2016 
    Visit by the Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament of Italy

    On 21 April 2016, Maria Elena Boschi, Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament, 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 Iceland

    18/04/2016 
    Visit to Iceland

    On 14 and 15 April 2016, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Iceland. On that occasion, he met Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland. During his visit, he also met Lilja Alfredsdottir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and had a meeting with Markús Sigurbjörnsson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. President Raimondi was accompanied by Robert Spano, judge elected in respect of Iceland, and Lawrence Early, Jurisconsult.

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  • Visit by the Prime Minister of Turkey

    19/04/2016 
    Visit by the Prime Minister of Turkey

    On 19 April 2016, Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Lütfi Elvan, Deputy Prime Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Volkan Bozkır, Minister of EU Affairs. 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 President of Austria

    20/04/2016 
    Visit by the President of Austria

    On 20 April 2016, Heinz Fischer, President of Austria, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, the judge elected in respect of Austria, 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)

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