Jared Genser

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Mr. Jared Genser "is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer currently working as an associate with the law firm DLA Piper LLP. He is the founding president of Freedom Now, an NGO whose mission is to improve respect for human rights by securing the release of prisoners of conscience through focused legal, political, and public-relations advocacy efforts. During his fellowship, Jared is working on a book entitled The Fifth Freedom: Inspiring Stories of Human Rights Defenders, a narrative nonfiction account of the real-life stories of people who have sacrificed their freedom to promote democracy and human rights around the world. He has served as pro bono counsel for the individuals to be featured in his book, having assisted in securing their releases from prison." [1]

Jared Genser and Thor Halvorssen Mendoza
Jared Genser (L) and Thor Halvorssen at the Henry Jackson Society event, House of Commons, London, 7 November 2011

From the Henry Jackson Society event profile:[2]

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies and 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 group 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 formerly taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools. He was a 2006-2007 Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. His human-rights 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. Jared is co-editor of The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Ending Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press 2011) with former Canadian Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler.


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  1. 2006–2007 Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellows, NED, accessed September 14, 2007.
  2. For a 7 November 2011 HJS event at the House of Commons.