Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

President of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (Argentina) is the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since March 2015. She was elected as ICC Judge in November 2009. Judge Fernández de Gurmendi has over 20 years practice of international, humanitarian and human rights law. Prior to joining the ICC, she was working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina as Director General for Human Rights. Judge Fernández de Gurmendi greatly contributed to the creation of the ICC and was instrumental in the negotiations of the complementary instruments of the Rome Statute - ICC’s founding treaty - as chair of the Working Group on Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Working Group on Aggression. Her academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law and numerous publications. The ICC is the first permanent international criminal court established to help end impunity for perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.