Karen Tse

Karen Tse

Keynote Speaker: Human Rights Defender & Social Entrepreneur; Founder of International Bridges of Justice

Karen Tse Biography

Karen founded International Bridges of Justice (IBJ) in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. A former public defender, Karen first developed her interest in the cross section of criminal law and human rights as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1986, after observing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial and thousands of prisoners of all ages being held without trial, often having been tortured into making so -alled confessions.

In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently served as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Under the auspices of the U.N., she trained judges and prosecutors, and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia.

In the initial stages, she negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. Under her leadership, IBJ has expanded its programming to include Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe and India. In addition to the Defenders Resource Centers in those countries, under Karen's stewardship, IBJ also sponsored independent Justice Makers in 25 countries and created a Global Defense Support Program to bring IBJ assistance to public defenders worldwide.

A graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School, Karen was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders in 2007. She has been recognized by the Skoll Foundation, Ashoka and Echoing Green as a leading social entrepreneur. Karen was the recipient of the 2008 Harvard Divinity School’s First Decade Award, and the 2008 American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award. She also received the 2009 Gleitsman International Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Karen Tse Videos

Karen Tse, founder of International Bridges for Justice - YouTube
TEDxZurich-Karen Tse-On how to end torture worldwide - YouTube

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Who is the agent for Karen Tse?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karen Tse for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karen Tse for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Karen Tse or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Karen Tse or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Karen Tse is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Law, Social Issues and Social Justice. The estimated speaking fee range to book Karen Tse for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Karen Tse generally travels from Geneva, Switzerland and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bunker Roy, Yang Lan and Jae Rhim Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Karen Tse for an upcoming event.

Karen Tse Videos

Karen Tse, founder of International Bridges for Justice - YouTube
TEDxZurich-Karen Tse-On how to end torture worldwide - YouTube

Karen Tse News

  • Minister cursades for justice in foreign lands

    Every day at the International Bridges toJustice office in Geneva, Switzerland, the staff stops their work to ring a bell, and light a candle. The bell reminds them of the interconnectedness of the universe, IBJ founder, president and CEO Karen Tse, said.

  • Karen Tse: Expanding the rule of law worldwide, seeking an end to torture

    For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Karen Tse, founder and executive director of the Geneva-based organization International Bridges to Justice. Tse, an attorney who originally hailed from the San Francisco area, started IBJ in 2000 to fight the stunningly common use of torture or other abuses by law enforcement agencies, governments and others in power around the world.

  • Karen Tse’s Fight for Prisoners’ Rights

    When Karen Tse, a San Francisco public defender, arrived in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia to train defense lawyers in 1994, one of the first things she wanted to know was how criminal cases were investigated. When she asked her trainees, “there was silence,” Ms. Tse recalls. Suspects always came with confessions, the lawyers explained, making investigations unnecessary.

How to book Karen Tse?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Karen Tse for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Karen Tse, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Karen Tse or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Karen Tse?

Booking fees for Karen Tse, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Karen Tse, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Karen Tse?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karen Tse for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karen Tse for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Karen Tse or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Karen Tse or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Karen Tse is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Law, Social Issues and Social Justice. The estimated speaking fee range to book Karen Tse for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Karen Tse generally travels from Geneva, Switzerland and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bunker Roy, Yang Lan and Jae Rhim Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Karen Tse for an upcoming event.

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