Hon. James Larsen

The Hon. James Larsen, Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

The Honourable James Larsen is Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, taking up his posting in New York in July 2023.

Mr Larsen is a senior career officer with DFAT. Prior to his appointment, he was Deputy Secretary for Environment, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. He has previously served overseas as Ambassador to Türkiye (2014-2017); Ambassador to Israel (2006-2010); Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Brussels (2001-2004); and Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Bangkok (1994-1997). 

In Canberra, he served as Climate Coordinator/Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and cabinet (2-11/2021); Chief Legal Officer, DFAT (2017-2020); Principal Adviser, Minister for Foreign Affairs (2012-2013); Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, DFAT (2010-2012); Assistant Secretary and Legal Adviser, Legal Branch, DFAT (2004-2006); and Director, Administration and Domestic Law Section, DFAT (1998-2000).

Mr Larsen holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor or Laws, University of Melbourne (1987).