Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi
Her voice

I hope the International Criminal Court ‘s  (ICC) all female Presidency of  2015 – 2018 has inspired young women to pursue careers in law and aim high in doing so.”

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Ms. Fernández de Gurmendi is President of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Former Judge and President of the ICC (2010-2018) and career diplomat with over thirty years of experience in international criminal law, humanitarian and human rights law. 

 Ms. Fernández de Gurmendi was involved in the creation, set up and functioning of the ICC in various capacities for most of her career, including as chair of the international drafting of the criminal procedures for the ICC (Rome Statute and Rules of Procedure and Evidence) and as Chef de Cabinet and Director of Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC (2003-2007). 

As a diplomat, she was a legal advisor to the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations and Director General for Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She represented Argentina before universal and regional human rights bodies and in cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Inter-American Court of Justice and promoted initiatives on transitional justice, prevention of genocide and the right to the truth. Until December 2021, she was the Special Representative of Argentina to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).  She has lectured around the world and has taught international law and international criminal law at various universities. She is currently Chair of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocities Crimes (GAAMAC), President of the Latin American Society of International Law (LASILSLADI) and member of the Advisory Board of the Nuremberg Principles Academy.