Presidency of the Court

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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 a delegation of the French Senate

    22/11/2016 
    Visit by a delegation of the French Senate
    On 21 November 2016, a delegation of the French Senate, headed by Jean Bizet, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, visited the Court.
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  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

    22/11/2016 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

    On 21 November 2016, Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Georgios Serghides, judge elected in respect of Cyprus, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit to the Netherlands

    21/11/2016 
    Visit to the Netherlands

    On 18 November 2016, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to the Netherlands. On that occasion, he was granted an audience with His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander. During his visit, President Raimondi also met Maarten Feteris, President of the Supreme Court, and Johannes Silvis, General Prosecutor. President Raimondi delivered a speech at the Supreme Court. He was accompanied by Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President.

    Speech by President Guido Raimondi

    Speech by Johannes Silvis, Procurator General at the Supreme Court of The Netherlands

    Introductory speech by Maarten Feteris, President of the Supreme Court of The Netherlands

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  • Visit by a delegation of the Supreme Court of Algeria

    18/11/2016 
    Visit by a delegation of the Supreme Court of Algeria

    On 17 November 2016, a delegation of the Supreme Court of Algeria, headed by its President, Slimane Boudi, visited the Court. André Potocki, the judge elected in respect of France, also attended the meeting.

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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

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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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