August 25, 2011
Jared Genser, a human-rights lawyer and President of Freedom Now, will speak at Hampden-Sydney's Opening Convocation at Everett Stadium on Thursday, August 25, at 7 PM. The convocation marks the beginning of the College's 236th academic year. Freedom Now is a non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience around the world through focused legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts.
Genser was previously named by the National Law Journal as one of "40 Under 40: Washington's Rising Stars." He 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, former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Shirin Ebadi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.
Previously, Genser was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global strategy consulting firm. 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-editing 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.