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 for Legal Protection of the Netherlands

    28/06/2018 
    Visit by the Minister for Legal Protection of the Netherlands

    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.

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  • Visit by the Prime Minister of Croatia

    27/06/2018 
    Visit by the Prime Minister of Croatia

    On 26 June 2018, Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Ksenija Turković, judge elected in respect of Croatia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Albania

    26/06/2018 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Albania

    On 26 June 2018, Etilda Gjonaj, Minister of Justice of Albania, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Ledi Bianku, judge elected in respect of Albania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Vice-President of the French Conseil d’Etat

    26/06/2018 
    Visit by the Vice-President of the French Conseil d’Etat

    On 25 June 2018 Bruno Lasserre, Vice-President of the French Conseil d’Etat, and Jean-Denis Combrexelle, Section President, visited the Court and were received by President Guido Raimondi. Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President and judge elected in respect of Germany, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Vice-President and judge elected in respect of Greece, André Potocki, judge elected in respect of France, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

    Press release (in French only)

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Armenia

    20/06/2018 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Armenia

    On 20 June 2018, Artak Zeynalyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Armen Harutyunyan, judge elected in respect of Armenia, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting.

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  • 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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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)

Video

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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