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. In addition, he is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report. Previously, he was 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, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel. Among his current clients are imprisoned Venezuelan politician Leopoldo López, former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.
He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from Harvard’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) and editor of The Women, Peace, and Security Agenda at the United Nations: Closing the Gaps Between Commitments and Reality (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
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)
Nicole Santiago is an Associate at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School, and holds a B.A. from DePaul University, where she graduated summa cum laude from the honors program with a Bachelor in international studies and minors in Spanish and political science. She was an Editor-in-Chief of the Northeastern University Law Journal for the 2013-2014 academic year and she worked as a research assistant with the Program on Human Rights in Global Economy, where she studied large-scale land acquisitions in Latin America. During law school, Nicole interned with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable in Washington, DC, Oxfam America in Boston, and the Office of Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts. She is conversant in Spanish and French.
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 and Jordanian Arabic.
Samuel Ritholtz is the Human Rights Programs Coordinator at Perseus Strategies, LLC. Previously, he worked for the Daily Beast and wrote for its Women in the World Foundation. He has conducted research in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America on issues pertaining to the rights of marginalized populations. Samuel graduated from Cornell University with a B.S., magna cum laude, with Distinction in Research in international agriculture and rural development with a focus in development economics. Samuel is a Truman Scholar and a board member for Voices of African Mothers, an American and Ghanian non-profit organization with UN special consultative status that advocates for women and children. He is fluent in Spanish.
Emily Johnson is a Finn International Service Fellow at Perseus Strategies, LLC. She is currently pursuing a J.D. at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she is active in the International Law Society and is a youth educator for Dispute Resolution & Youth. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in the Comparative Study of Religion with a focus on Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East. Post-graduation she entered the Peace Corps and served in Morocco. She earned a Foreign Language Citation from Harvard in Modern Standard Arabic and has studied various Arabic dialects of North Africa and Jordan.
Antonia David is a legal intern at Perseus Strategies. She currently attends UC Berkeley School of Law where she helps run the California Asylum Representation Clinic and is a board member of the Boalt Hall Commission of Human Rights. Prior to law school, she worked at Legal Services NYC to help defend low-income families against foreclosure. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Vermont with honors in political science, focusing particularly on international law. He senior thesis examined the role of humanitarian norms in humanitarian interventions since the end of the Cold War. She received the Warren R. and Mildred Austin Prize in International Peace and Security. She speaks fluent German and conversational Spanish.
Asma Noray is a summer intern at Perseus Strategies. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic where she also worked as a Praxis Fellow at the Intercultural Center. She worked extensively on interfaith programming and diversity issues at Swarthmore and helped found the school’s Muslim Students Association. Her studies and volunteer experience as an undergraduate have focused on refugee studies in the Middle East and U.S. foreign relations in the region. Asma has worked with refugee communities in Iran and Jordan and has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East to study Arabic and politics in the region. She is a 2016 Truman Scholar from Washington State and hopes to attend law school in the near future. She speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic, and is conversant in Spanish and Farsi.
Safia Sayed is a summer intern at Perseus Strategies as an International Human Rights Fellow through the University of Michigan’s Program in International and Comparative Studies and Donia Human Rights Center. Safia currently attends the University of Michigan where she is pursuing a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Gender, Race, and Nation. She has contributed to research on the legislation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Safia has additionally worked on criminal justice issues with the Washtenaw County Public Defender in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is conversant in Spanish.