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 of Croatia10/10/2018
On 10 October 2018, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, 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....
Visit by the Secretary of State of Finland10/10/2018
On 10 October 2018, Matti Anttonen, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Pauliine Koskelo, judge elected in respect of Finland, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by a delegation of the French Court of Cassation05/10/2018
On 5 October 2018, a delegation of the French Court of Cassation, headed by its First President, Bertrand Louvel, 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 of Justice of the Russian Federation24/09/2018
On 24 September 2018, Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice 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....
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.