Wednesday, November 11, 2009
11:00 a.m.


University Center Ballroom

Martin Palouš

Ambassador Martin Palouš

“Lessons of the Past, Visions of the Future”

Martin Palouš
Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United Nations

Dr. Palouš has held the position of permanent representative to the United Nations since 2006, and prior to that he served as Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States from 2001 to 2005. Other distinctions include his roles as deputy minister of foreign affairs for both the Czech Republic and the Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia. Dr. Palouš was also a founding member of the Civic Forum, and a spokesman as well as signatory of Charter 77 – a document that led to the foundation of the most influential group of human rights activists in Czechoslovakia. 

Along with his active role in international affairs, Dr. Palouš has held a number of teaching positions at institutions such as Charles University, the Centre for Theoretical Studies jointly by Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Northwestern University, the Central European University in Budapest, Adelphi University, and others. He has authored and contributed many works in the fields of political theory, philosophy, and post communism. 

Dr. Palouš received an M.A. in chemistry from Charles University in 1973, an M.A. in philosophy and social sciences in 1977, and a Ph.D. in public international law from Masaryk University in Brno in 2008.