The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University will award Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, a leading figure in international justice, humanitarian law, and human rights and the first woman to serve as president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), with the 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize. Case Western Reserve has awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize annually since 2008 to individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions as global ethical leaders.
Fernández de Gurmendi is the first Latinx Inamori Ethics Prize recipient and the first from South America. She played a central role in the creation of the ICC and has worked tirelessly to see that those who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity are held accountable for their actions. Before joining the ICC, Fernández de Gurmendi was director general for human rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina. 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.
Fernández de Gurmendi will be awarded the prize and deliver a free public lecture about her work as part of an academic symposium and panel discussion during Inamori Center events September 10-11 on the Case Western Reserve campus in Cleveland.