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 a delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union

    Visit by a delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union

    A delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union, headed by its President, Koen Lenaerts, paid a working visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 16 October 2017. The visiting judges took part in roundtable discussions with members of the Court and Registry. The discussions concerned recent case-law of the two courts and recent developments within both systems. This visit takes place annually.

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Armenia

    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Armenia

    On 13 October 2017, Davit Harutyunyan, Minister of Justice of Armenia, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Armen Harutyunyan, judge elected in respect of Armenia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

  • Visit to the Republic of Moldova

    Visit to the Republic of Moldova

    From 5 to 6 October 2017, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to the Republic of Moldova. During this visit, he was received by Pavel Filip, Prime Minister, and Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice. President Raimondi met a delegation of Judges of the Constitutional Court led by its President, Tudor Panţîru. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention by the Republic of Moldova, President Raimondi gave a speech during the conference entitled ECHR as Democratic Consolidator: Insights from Moldova after 20 years. President Raimondi was accompanied by Valeriu Griţco, judge elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar.


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)


Former Presidents


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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