Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi helped to set up the International Criminal Court, and it now its president. Her academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law at the universities of Buenos Aires and Palermo. Fernández was briefly in New Zealand this week to speak to the Auckland Law School, marking 15 years since the ICC's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, in 2002. The Court is busy with trials and investigations and has made some progress in addressing grave international crimes such as the use of child soldiers, sexual violence in conflict and the destruction of cultural property. Fernández also this week visits Samoa to attend the Pacific Islands Forum where she will put the case for eight non-member Pacific states - Kiribati, Micronesia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu - to become parties to the Rome Statute.