Rytis Valunas, 2011, Lithuania

General Counsel - AB Klaipedos Nafta (oil and energy company), Klaipedos, Lithuania 

How has your Fletcher experience impacted your professional trajectory? My professional trajectory has skyrocketed after Fletcher. Immediately, after graduation, I was offered with prestigious internships. I started publishing in a leading Lithuanian business magazine, and became well known as an energy and trade lawyer. As a result, I was offered with a current job which requires superior responsibility and allows to make an input in ensuring energy security of my home country.

What was the most surprising thing you learned at Fletcher? The most surprising thing I learned at Fletcher that the best teachers are your classmates. Discussion at Fletcher classes have been very stimulating and entertaining. Students at Fletcher are truly unique, exceptionally talented, and thoughtful individuals, coming from many countries and cultural backgrounds. I am delighted to stay in touch and further learn from such amazing people.

Favorite magazine:
Valstybe ("Statecraft" non-English)

Favorite newspaper:
The New York Times

Favorite movie:

Favorite landmark/site:
Oahu Island (Hawaii)

Most pressing world issue:
Negotiation of a new climate change treaty

Fields of Study

  • International Business and Trade Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Environment and Energy Policies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • European Affairs Club
  • International Law Society
  • The Ambassachords

Education before Fletcher

  • Master, International Public Law, Mykolas Romeris University/Ghent University
  • Bachelor, Law, Mykolas Romeris University/Lunds University

Experience before Fletcher

  • J. Judickiene and Partners JUREX, Attorney at Law - Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Mykolas Romeris University, Lecturer - Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Lithuanian Parliament, Legal Advisor, MP - Vilnius, Lithuania


  • Russian
  • English
  • Basic French