Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

In 2016, Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, president of the International Criminal Court, delivered the 14th Europe Lecture. The theme of this lecture was Cultural Heritage at Risk i. Irina Bokova i and Sada Mire i also shared their view on this topic. They were introduced by Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra.

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Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

Silvia A. Fernández de Gurmendi

Judge Fernández de Gurmendi is president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since March 2015, having served as judge at the ICC since 2010. Judge Fernández de Gurmendi is actively pursuing an agenda to streamline procedures at the ICC in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ICC.

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Lecture

The topic of this lecture on the protection of cultural property in conflict is unfortunately very timely. Over the last few years we have been increasingly confronted by attacks that not only threaten the physical security and wellbeing of civilians but that also deliberately target their cultural landmarks and seek the destruction of the past.

This deplorable multiform type of attack against mankind requires an also multifaceted approach that mobilizes security, humanitarian, cultural and justice dimensions. We must connect the dots and Ms Bokova has rightly said so. Justice must be part of any comprehensive response as perpetrators need to understand that their acts will be sanctioned and that they will be held personally accountable. The International Criminal Court can contribute to providing this justice dimension.

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Previous speakers

Year

Speaker

Moderator

Theme

2014

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga i

Jonathan Holslag i

Tom de Bruijn i

Peace and Security i

2013

F.W. de Klerk i

Karel van Wolferen i

Bernard Bot i

Europe in the World i

2010

Herman van Rompuy i

Frans Timmermans i

Europa 2030

2009

Jan Peter Balkenende i

Jacek Saryusz-Wolksi i

Europa: een unieke geschiedenis, een unieke toekomst i

2001

Javier Solana i

Dick Benschop i

Enlargement of European Union: Opportunity of Threat? i

2000

Gerhard Aigner i

Margo Vliegenthart i

EURO 2000 and the Social Significance of Sport i

1999

Hans Tietmeyer i

Nout Wellink i

The Euro: The New Common Currency i

1998

Jan Hoet i

Rudi Fuchs i

Beeldende kunst in Europa i

1997

Mary Robinson i

Wim Kok i

Europe, the Need for Self-Reflection i

1996

Richard Goldstone i

Maarten van Traa i

Human Rights, Peace and Justice in Europe i

1995

Raymond Kendall i

Arthur Doctors van Leeuwen i

Law Enforcement in Europe i

1994

Lord Peter Carrington i

Berend-Jan van Voorst tot Voorst i

Peace and Security in Europe i

1993

Jacques Attali i

Wim Duisenberg i

The Costs of European Reconstruction i