Permanent Representative

Created: 2014.06.19 / Updated: 2021.05.19 08:21

Rytis Paulauskas


Diplomatic service

August 2020 Head, Working group to coordinate strategic communications related to the unsafe nuclear projects
October 2017 Member, Steering Committee of the Venice Club of Communicators
2016 - 2021 Director, Communications and Cultural Diplomacy Department, MFA
2016 Member of the recruitment selection panel of a new Implementation Support Unit (ISU) Director for the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction/ Ottawa Convention;
2015 Vice-Chairman of the Protocol V of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
2014 - 2015 Member and the Vice-Chair of the Consultative Group of the Human Rights Council
2013 Government Vice-President of the 102nd Session of the International Labor Conference
April 2012 - July 2016 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva
2008 - 2012 Director of the OSCE Chairmanship Department/ Head of OSCE Chairmanship Task Force
2006 Chairman of the General Working Group, Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies; Co-Chairman of Working Group on Non-Military Aspects of Security, OSCE
November 2003 - August 2008 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the UN, OSCE, IAEA and other International Organizations in Vienna
February - October 2003 Director of Security Policy Department, MFA
Executive Secretary of the Lithuanian Delegation for Negotiations on Accession to NATO
Member of the Working Group on the Preparation of the National Security Strategy
2001 - February 2003 Director of Multilateral Relations Department, MFA
Deputy Head of the Working Group on the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of Europe
1999 - 2000

Head, Security Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
Head of the Secretariat of Lithuanian NATO Integration Commission to the Government

1996 - 1999 Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations, Legal Counselor of the Mission
Elected as Rapporteur of the Sixth (Legal Affairs) Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations
1995 - 1996 Counselor, Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations, New York, USA
Representative at the Third (Human Rights) and Sixth (Legal Affairs) Committees, Commission on Human Rights
1994 - 1995 Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg
Member of the Working Group for the Compatibility of Lithuania’s Legislation with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Case Law of the European Commission of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights
1993 - 1994 First Secretary, Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
1991 - 1993 Attaché, then Acting Head, International Organizations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Education and qualifications

2020 (postponed due to pandemic) Visiting Study Fellow with the Oxford Department of International Development – University of Oxford
June 2016 Harvard Kennedy School’s “Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance”
May 2015 Harvard Kennedy School’s “Art and Practice of Leadership Development: A Master Class for Professional Trainers, Educators, and Consultants” HKS Executive Education Fellowship 
September 2014 Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program “Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage”, HKS Executive Education Fellowship
2012 Research Scholar at the Fletcher School; US Federal Assistance Award
2000 - 2001 Master of Arts Degree, Fulbright Scholar; The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA; cross registration with J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Training courses, Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands

1987 - 1992 Vilnius University Law School, L.L.M., Vilnius, Lithuania 

Academic activities/ Publications


Partnership doctor, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilniaus University

The course of lectures on adaptive leadership

2010 - 2012

Lecturer, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilniaus University

The course of lectures on international organizations

  • "The International Criminal Court", Dr.Oskaras Jusys, Rytis Paulauskas, Dr.Gintaras Švedas, Law, 1998 
  • "The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe of the "Balzac Age", Rytis Paulauskas, Aleksandras Matonis, Foreign Policy Review, 2005
  • “Adapt or Die:”Smart Power”, Adaptive Leadership, the Lithuanian Chairmanship, and the evolution of the OSCE” Dr.Walter Kemp, Rytis Paulauskas, OSCE Yearbook 2012, Volume 18
  • “Compendium of the main documents of Lithuania’s preparatory process and  of the Chairmanship of the Organizations for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 2004-2011”, Vitae Litera, Kaunas 2012
  • “Enhancing teamwork within the European Union diplomacy and including key external partners in the EU coordination process in Geneva” Xavier Pierre, Rytis Paulauskas, Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review No.32, 2014
  • “Short Guide to the Adaptive Leadership” editor Vilniaus Universitetas (2017)


  • Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania (2002);
  • Golden Cross Medal „For Merits to Lithuanian Diplomacy“, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012)
  • Honor sign of the MFA “Lithuanian Millennium Star” (2008 m.)
  • Medals of the Lithuanian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense Republic for accession process to NATO (2002);
  • NATO Commemorative Insignia (2002)


English, Russian, French (B.1) and Lithuanian (mother tongue)


Reading, theater and cinema, old-timer cars and their restoration

How to find us?

Tel. +1 212 983 9474 
Fax +1 212 983 9473

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