Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

International lawyer and diplomat

What is the use of the ICC? (morning panels session, day 1)

Ms Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi is an international lawyer and diplomat from Argentina who has most recently served as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from 20 January 2010 until 10 March 2018, as well as President of the ICC during the last three years of her mandate. She also played a leadership role in the negotiating process of the Rome Statute and the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the ICC.

Prior to joining the ICC, she was Director General for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, where she acted as a representative of her country in cases before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Justice. She also represented Argentina before other human rights bodies and advised on transitional justice issues related to the prevention of genocide and other international crimes.

Judge Fernández de Gurmendi’s academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law at the Universities of Buenos Aires and Palermo and as an assistant professor of international law at the University of Buenos Aires. She has published a number of national and international publications related to the ICC including, amongst others, the role of the Prosecutor, criminal procedure, and the definition of victims.