Jared Genser

Co-Founder and General Counsel, The NeuroRights Foundation

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect to the Organization of American States, and General Counsel to the NeuroRights Foundation. Referred to by the New York Times as “The Extractor” for his work freeing political prisoners, 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. And he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the University of Michigan Law School. His most recent book is The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press). And he is currently working with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on a new co-edited volume for Oxford University Press entitled The Oxford Handbook on the UN Human Rights System. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

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