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.

Rules of Court - Presidency

Official visits

  • Visit by a delegation of the Federal Labour Court of Germany

    21/03/2019 
    Visit by a delegation of the Federal Labour Court of Germany

    On 21 March 2019, a delegation of the Federal Labour Court of Germany, headed by its President, Ingrid Schmidt, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. The visiting Judges took part in roundtable discussions with Judges of the Court and members of the Registry.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

    20/03/2019 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

    On 20 March 2019, Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Paul Lemmens, judge elected in respect of Belgium, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway to the ECHR

    18/03/2019 
    Visit by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway to the ECHR

    His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway paid an official visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 18 March 2019. After paying tribute to the Court’s former President Rolv Rysdal (Norwegian), he had a meeting with the judges, then addressed an audience of dignitaries from judicial, political and diplomatic circles.

    Webcast of the solemn hearing

    Speech by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

    Speech by President Guido Raimondi

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  • Visit to Romania

    13/03/2019 
    Visit to Romania

    From 7 to 8 March 2019, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Romania on the invitation of Cristina Tarcea, Chief Justice of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, and Augustin Lazăr, General Prosecutor. On that occasion, he was received by Vasilica-Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister. During this visit, he also met Judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice with their Chief Justice, Cristina Tarcea, the President of the Constitutional Court, Valer Dorneanu, and Senior Public Prosecutors in the presence of the General Prosecutor, Augustin Lazăr. President Raimondi was accompanied by Iulia Antoanella Motoc, judge elected in respect of Romania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar.

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Speeches by the President

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)

Former Presidents

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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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