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 Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia12/12/2018
On 11 December 2018, Giorgi Gakharia, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Lado Chanturia, judge elected in respect of Georgia, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation12/12/2018
On 10 December 2018, Viacheslav Lebedev, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Dmitry Dedov, judge elected in respect of the Russian Federation, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting. On this occasion, the encyclopaedic edition of The European Court of Human Rights. Theory and practice in respect of Russia and other Member States of the Council of Europe has been launched....
Visit by a delegation of Irish Judges12/12/2018
On 7 December 2018, a delegation of Irish Judges, headed by The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, visited the Court. The visiting Judges took part in roundtable discussions with Judges of the Court and members of the Registry....
Visit by His Serene Highness the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein27/11/2018
On 26 November 2018, His Serene Highness the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and Her Royal Highness the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein visited the Court and were received by President Guido Raimondi. Carlo Ranzoni, judge elected in respect of Liechtenstein, 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.