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 by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova

    24/05/2018 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova

    On 24 May 2018, Victoria Iftodi, Minister of Justice 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 Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

    24/04/2018 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

    On 24 April 2018, Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia', visited the Court and was received by President Raimondi. Jovan Ilievski, judge elected in respect of 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia', and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Head of the Government of Andorra

    28/03/2018 
    Visit by the Head of the Government of Andorra

    On 28 March 2018, Antoni Martí Petit, Head of the Government of Andorra, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi.

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  • Visit to Paris

    19/03/2018 
    Visit to Paris

    On 16 March 2018 President Guido Raimondi was received by Nicole Belloubet, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice of France. He was accompanied by Patrick Titiun, Head of his Private Office.

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  • Visit to the General Court of the European Union

    16/03/2018 
    Visit to the General Court of the European Union

    On 12 March 2018, President Guido Raimondi went to the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg for a working meeting. He was accompanied by Judges and members of the Registry.

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  • Meeting with the Minister of Justice of Belgium

    14/03/2018 
    Meeting with the Minister of Justice of Belgium

    On 13 March 2018, President Guido Raimondi met Koen Geens, Minister of Justice of Belgium. Paul Lemmens, judge elected in respect of Belgium, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit to Spain

    26/02/2018 
    Visit to Spain

    From 22 to 23 February 2018, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Spain. On that occasion, he was granted an audience with His Majesty the King of Spain Felipe VI. President Raimondi also met Rafael Catalá Polo, Minister of Justice, and Ildefonso Castro López, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. During this visit, he met Carlos Lesmes Serrano, President of the Supreme Court, and a delegation of Judges of the Constitutional Court led by its President, Juan José González Rivas. President Raimondi delivered a speech at the Constitutional Court. He was accompanied by Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Italy

    21/02/2018 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Italy

    On 20 February 2018, Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice of Italy, 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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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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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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