Jared Genser (Español)
Jared Genser has been an international human rights lawyer for more than two decades. He is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, a public interest law firm, Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect to the Organization of American States, and outside General Counsel to the Neurorights Foundation. Referred to by the New York Times as “The Extractor” for his work freeing political prisoners worldwide, he has served as pro bono counsel to five Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, including the last three Laureates who won their Prize while imprisoned — Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma, 2006-2010), Liu Xiaobo (China, 2010-2017), and Ales Bialiatski (Belarus, 2023-Present) — as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel.
Genser was previously a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the University of Michigan Law School, across which he taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council seven times.In addition, he was an Associate of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University from 2014-2016, a Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy from 2006-2007, and earlier in his career was named by the National Law Journal as one of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars.” Genser’s other past clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. Over his career, he has also advised multilateral institutions, governments, companies, foundations, and civil society organizations on ensuring their work was consistent with international human rights, labor rights, and environmental rights standards. Coming from his experience freeing his first client as a law student, in 2001 he founded Freedom Now, a non-governmental organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide.
Genser holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was an Alumni Public Service Fellow, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
He is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition, he is co-editor of The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press, 2011). His forthcoming book is a co-edited volume with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein entitled The Oxford Handbook on the UN Human Rights System (Oxford University Press, 2024).Genser was previously selected as one of three winners of the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize from among 2,165 nominees from 135 countries. He has also received the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award, Liberty in North Korea’s Freedom Fighter Award, and the Charles Bronfman Prize. Finally, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. And he was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (Class of 2008). Married with two children, Genser is an avid ice hockey player, a sport he took up in college.
Profiles – Print
- Melissa Mahtani, The Man Who Performs Miracles: How ‘The Extractor’ Works to Free Political Prisoners,The Guardian, October 26, 2023
- High Stakes, Bethesda Magazine, April/May 2021
- The Ripple Effect: Jared Genser, Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Profile, December 2020
- Human Rights Hero Jared Genser on Dictators and the World’s Worst Prisons, American Lawyer Litigation Daily, March 15, 2016
- 5 Humble Humanitarian Heroes, Take Part, August 19, 2011
- DLA Piper Alum Launches Practice Focused on Humanitarian Issues, Washington Post, July 3, 2011
- “I’m an American:” When Democracy Advocate Nyi Nyi Aung Was Arrested in Burma, It Took a Determined Washington Lawyer to Get Him Home, Washingtonian, October 2010
- What It Takes: A Persistent Voice for Human Rights, Washington Post Capital Business, June 7, 2010
- Freedom Fighter: One Man’s Lawyer, John F. Kennedy School of Government Bulletin, Spring 2008
- A Friend in Need, American Lawyer, October 2007
- The James Mawdsley Story, University of Michigan Law Quadrangle Notes, Spring 2001 (Case Inspired Founding of Freedom Now)
Profiles – Television and Radio
- Sunday Profile, ABC Radio (Australia), June 30, 2013
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)
Brian Tronic is Counsel at Perseus Strategies. He is a graduate of Penn Law School and holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he double-majored in Math and Philosophy. After law school, he clerked for two years in the Vermont Superior Court, and then moved to South India to work at a human rights organization through the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. He then served as the Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights at Fordham Law School, an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School (India), and the Supervising Attorney and Teaching Fellow at the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at the Georgetown Law Center. He is a member of the Massachusetts bar and the District of Columbia bar.
Hannah Pierce is the Archbishop Desmond Tutu International Policy Fellow. As such, she manages the firm’s advocacy efforts within the UN Human Rights Council to create international standards for the social reintegration of convicted persons, while also managing an ongoing political prisoner case. She graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan, holding B.A.s in Political Science and International Security, Cooperation, and Norms. Hannah focuses on racial and gender inequity in public policy, especially regarding poverty, incarceration, and health. She previously worked as a Case Manager for Health First Colorado (Medicaid), ensuring the health and dignity of low-income individuals with physical or mental disabilities. She has completed internships with her U.S. Congresswoman and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Inspiring her passion for criminal justice reform, Hannah was also a mentor for incarcerated at-risk youth in Detroit, MI, leading rehabilitative efforts for their successful social reintegration after release. Hannah lives in Colorado, where she enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and reading.