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 to the French Council of State15/02/2019
On 15 February 2019, President Guido Raimondi went to the French Council of State in Paris for a working meeting. He was accompanied by Judges Nußberger, Sicilianos, Spano, De Gaetano, Kjølbro, Yudkivska and Potocki....
Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands12/02/2019
On 12 February 2019, Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs 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....
Visit by a delegation of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation08/02/2019
On 8 February 2019, a delegation of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation visited the Court. The visiting Judges took part in roundtable discussions with Judges of the Court and members of the Registry....
Visit by the President of the Government of Spain07/02/2019
On 7 February 2019, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. María Elósegui, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Speeches by the President
Speech by President Guido Raimondi (in French only)...
President's interview: 20th anniversary of the “New Court”
Twenty years after the setting up of a full-time European Court of Human Rights guaranteeing a right of individual petition to over 800 million Europeans, President Guido Raimondi hailed the establishment of the “new” Court in 1998 as a landmark in the development of international human rights protection.
Video (In French only)
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.