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 Committee on the Constitution of Sweden

    09/02/2017 
    Visit by the Committee on the Constitution of Sweden

    On 9 February 2017, a delegation of the Committee on the Constitution of Sweden, headed by Andreas Norlén, Chair, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Helena Jäderblom, Section President and judge elected in respect of Sweden, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by a delegation from the French Conseil d’État

    06/02/2017 
    Visit by a delegation from the French Conseil d’État

    On 3 February 2017 Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice-President of the French Conseil d’État, accompanied by a delegation made up of Bernard Stirn, President of the Administrative Disputes Section, Maryvonne de Saint-Pulgent, President of the Reports and Studies Section, Fabien Raynaud, member of the Conseil d’État and President of the 6th Division, Yves Gounin, member of the Conseil d’État with responsibility for international relations, Mattias Guyomar, member of the Conseil d’État and President of the 10th Division, Béatrice Bourgeois-Machureau, member of the Conseil d’État and Public Rapporteur with the 2nd Division, and Guillaume Odinet, legal adviser with the Conseil d’État, visited the Court and were received by President Guido Raimondi. During the visit the delegation took part in a Round Table composed of Juges Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President of the Court and judge elected in respect of Germany, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Section President and judge elected in respect of Greece, André Potocki, judge elected in respect of France, and Síofra O’Leary, judge elected in respect of Ireland.

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  • Visit by the President of the Republic of Cyprus

    25/01/2017 
    Visit by the President of the Republic of Cyprus

    On 24 January 2017, Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Georgios Serghides, the judge elected in respect of Cyprus, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of Romania

    24/01/2017 
    Visit by the President of Romania

    On 24 January 2017, Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Iulia Motoc, the judge elected in respect of Romania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Court of Cassation of Turkey

    27/01/2017 

    On 27 January 2017, İsmail Rüştü Cirit, First President of the Court of Cassation, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Işıl Karakaş, Vice-President, judge elected in respect of Turkey, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    27/01/2017 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    On 27 January 2017, Francisco Pérez de los Cobos, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Luis López Guerra, Section President, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Albania

    27/01/2017 
    Visit by the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Albania

    On 27 January 2017, Bashkim Dedja, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Albania, 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 President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal

    27/01/2017 
    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal

    On 27 January 2017, António Henriques Gaspar, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal, was received by President Guido Raimondi. Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, judge elected in respect of Portugal, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia

    26/01/2017 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia

    On 26 January 2017, Zaza Tavadze, President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Nona Tsotsoria, the judge elected in respect of Georgia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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Visit to Portugal

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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