Human Rights Advocate, Diplomat and Scholar Martin Palouš to Speak at LSU on Feb. 14
BATON ROUGE – Martin Palouš, former ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States of America, will speak at LSU on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:15 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall.
Along with future President Vaclav Havel, Palouš was a leader in the underground movement resisting Soviet tyranny in the period leading up to the Velvet Revolution of 1989 that liberated his country and all of East Central Europe from Russian dominion. His lecture at LSU, “Vaclav Havel: Resisting Tyranny and Making the Velvet Revolution,” is sponsored by the Eric Voegelin Institute, the LSU Department of Political Science and ISI at LSU. The event is free and open to the public.
Palouš is now director of the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague and senior fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University in Miami. He served as ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States of America from 2001-2005 and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York from 2006-2011. His other diplomatic appointments include Czech Republic’s deputy minister of foreign affairs from 1998-2001, and deputy minister of foreign affairs of Czechoslovakia from 1990-1992.
One of the first signers of Charter 77, Palouš served as spokesman for the human rights group. In 1989, he became a founding member of the Civic Forum. He was elected to the Federal Assembly in 1990.
Palouš studied natural sciences, philosophy and law. He received his Ph.D. in public international law from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he defended his doctoral thesis, “Freedom of Expression in the European Court of Human Rights,” in 2007. His active academic career has included multiple teaching positions and numerous publications both at home and abroad.