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 became 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 Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of the Republic of Moldova17/09/2018
On 17 September 2018, Cristina Lesnic, Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of the Republic of Moldova, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Valeriu Griţco, judge elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Minister of Justice of Germany10/09/2018
On 10 September 2018, Katarina Barley, Minister of Justice of Germany, met President Guido Raimondi. Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President and judge elected in respect of Germany, Tim Eicke, judge elected in respect of the United Kingdom, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by a delegation of the Supreme Court of Iceland06/09/2018
On 6 September 2018, a delegation of the Supreme Court of Iceland, headed by its President, Þorgeir Örlygsson, paid a working visit to the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. During the visit the delegation took part in roundtable discussions with judges of the Court and members of the Registry....
Visit by the Minister for Legal Protection of the Netherlands28/06/2018
On 28 June 2018, Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Jolien Schukking, judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Speeches by the President
Speech by President Guido Raimondi (in French only)...
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.