Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-governmental organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide. Referred to by the New York Times as “The Extractor” for his work freeing political prisoners, he was previously a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Genser has taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools. 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 was previously named by the National Law Journal as one of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars.” His past 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. Among his current clients are imprisoned Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo López, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, and imprisoned American hostages in Iran Siamak and Baquer Namazi.
He 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.
Genser is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2018). In addition, he is co-editor of The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press, 2011). Genser is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award, Liberty in North Korea’s Freedom Fighter Award, and the Charles Bronfman Prize. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Profiles – Print
- 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
- Conversations with Great Minds with Thom Hartmann, RT, June 29, 2012
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, LLC. 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.
Mary Brooks is Special Assistant to the Managing Director at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and a Foreign Language Citation in Modern Standard Arabic. While in college, Mary interned for the White House Office of Operations during the Obama Administration, conducted research on global refugee policies and frameworks, and worked at the Justice Studies Center of the Americas in Santiago de Chile. She also served as a senior organizer for international and domestic conferences for Harvard’s International Relations Council. She is conversant in Spanish.
Juan Pablo Miramontes is the Václav Havel Human Rights Fellow at Perseus Strategies, LLC. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies and a Foreign Language Citation in French. During college, Juan conducted research on immigrant integration policies in France and the United States. He worked directly on refugee resettlement as an intern for the International Rescue Committee and the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic. He also interned at the Buenos Aires-based Center for the Implementation of Public Policies in Growth and Equity (CIPPEC), where he studied the effects of political decentralization on democratic governance. Additionally, he helped organize numerous conferences in the US and abroad simulating various UN and OAS bodies. He is fluent in Spanish and French and conversant in Portuguese.
Yasmine El-Haj is an intern at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She holds a Bachelor in Swiss Law and a Certificate of Advanced Legal Studies from the University of Geneva and graduated with a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Yasmine also studied at Panthéon-Assas University (Paris) and Boston University School of Law. After graduation, she interned at the World Organization against Torture, where she worked in the Convention against Torture and Child Rights programs. She is fluent in French, English and Arabic.
Aishwarya Pagedar is an intern at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL), Boston, MA, with a Masters in Law in Human Rights, and Health Law and Policy. She has a law degree from Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. While at NUSL, she interned with Perseus Strategies, LLC, during Spring 2018. At NUSL she also worked at the Public Health Advocacy Clinic, researching the privatization of public water resources. In India, she has interned with the National Human Rights Commission of India where she researched corporate social responsibility, and surveyed the detainees’ rights at Tihar Jail, New Delhi, India. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi.