Jared Genser

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC.  He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide.  Previously, Jared was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global strategy consulting firm.  He was named by the National Law Journal as one of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars."

Jared has taught classes about the UN Security Council as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center as well as the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools.  He was a 2006-2007 Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy.  His pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.

He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was an Alumni Public Service Fellow, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.  He also was a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jared is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2014).  He is also co-editor of The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2013).

He is a board member of Ennaid Therapeutics, an innovative biotechnology company which brings cures to incurable diseases.  He is also an advisory committee member of New Perimeter, which conducts major pro bono projects of vital importance in developing and post-conflict regions of the world.

Profiles - Print

Profiles - Television and Radio

Admissions and Memberships

  • Supreme Court of Maryland
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of England and Wales


  • Council on Foreign Relations, Member (Elected 2013)
  • World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader (2008-2013)
  • World Economic Forum, Member of Global Agenda Council for Human Rights (2010-2011)
  • British American Project Fellow (Elected 2008)
  • French-American Foundation Young Leaders Program (Elected 2011)
  • Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit Delegate (Elected 2009)
  • U.S.-Japan Young Leadership Fellow (Elected 2009)


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  • Jared Genser & Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Co-Editors, The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming May 2014).
  • Jared Genser & Irwin Cotler, Co-Editors, The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press, 2012).


  • Jared Genser, The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2014).

Human Rights Reports

Law Review Articles


Published more than 70 op-eds on human-rights topics in major newspapers around the world including the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chosun Ilbo (Seoul), Far Eastern Economic Review, Huffington Post, Independent (UK), International Herald Tribune, Jakarta Post, Los Angeles Times, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The Nation (Bangkok), The Star (Johannesburg), The Times (UK), Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

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Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher is an Associate at Perseus Strategies, LLC, where he brings his diverse experience across the public and private sectors and internationally, having lived, studied, worked, and/or traveled in over 19 countries worldwide.   Previously, while in law school, he developed his legal expertise in human rights and corporate social responsibility in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; in the Private Sector Department at Oxfam America; and in the Legal and Social Compliance Departments at Life is good, Inc.  He has also worked for several international advocacy organizations and completed stints at the Tibet Governance and Practice Forum, U.S. Department of State, and World Bank.

Chris holds a B.A. in international studies, cum laude, and with departmental honors, from Macalester College, and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.  He was also a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, which provided the opportunity to travel the world in order to photograph and document how the Tibetan Diaspora preserves its cultural heritage in the midst of adapting to new host nations.

Chris is the author of the forthcoming article Corporate Social Responsibility: A Legal Framework for Socio-Economic Development in Tibet, Vol. XVII, Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal (2014).  He is also a board member of Civic Legal Corps, a non-profit that provides an innovative fellowship program for young, public interest-oriented attorneys in order to improve access to justice for Americans who need it most.

Admissions and Memberships

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Sara Birkenthal

Sara Birkenthal is Special Assistant to the Managing Director at Perseus Strategies, LLC.  She has previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch, American Civil Liberties Union, and The Jordan Times.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College, with a B.A., cum laude, and with dual departmental honors in international relations and Middle Eastern studies.  Sara is the recipient of the Camp Award for International Relations, Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award, Center for Human Rights Fellowship, and Jack Stark Fellowship in Security Studies. She has published op-eds and articles in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, The Jordan Times, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and Olive Roots, a research journal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, of which she is co-founder.