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Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh has practiced law for over thirty three years. He and was initially admitted to the Montserrado County Bar of the Republic of Liberia in 1985 as Attorney-At-Law, He became a Counsellor-At-Law of the Supreme Court of Liberia in 1988, and has been in the practice of law since then. Cllr. Sannoh has litigated a number of cases in the Courts of Liberia, the rulings in some of which are landmark cases in Liberian legal jurisprudence.

His law practice has included Corporate Law, Commercial Law, International Business Transactions, Maritime Law, Patents and Trademarks, and litigation. In this regard, he has written hundreds of expert opinions on a variety of issues relating to Liberia, and has appeared as an expert witness on Liberian Law in a number of cases in foreign jurisdictions.

He is currently Assistant Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, where he teaches courses in Contracts, Negotiable Instruments, and Secured Transactions.

Cllr. Sannoh served as Project Coordinator under contract with the United States of America Department of Justice for the codification of the Opinions of the Supreme Court of Liberia (Volumes 28-39 of the Liberia Law Reports, LLRs).

In Government, he served as Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs,  Ministry of Justice;  Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), and director of several corporations including Liberian Maritime Authority (LiMA), Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU), and Commissioner of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).

In International Service, he worked with several United Nations Peace keeping Missions from 2003-2012 including Sierra Leone, Sudan and South Sudan as Chief  Human Rights Officer managing the United Nations interventions in the area of human rights, rule of law and transitional justice.

He is a member and director of the Greater Monrovia Lions Club, President of the St. Stephen Episcopal Church Church men (SSECM), and a Master Mason.

Education
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) ’87, Columbia University Law School, New York, New York, USA
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) ‘86, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) ‘81, Temple University Philadelphia, USA
  • Associates of Arts (AA) ‘76, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Certificate Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy (’09), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Certificate, Rule of Law and Peacekeeping (’06), Kofi Annan Institute for Training Accra, Ghana
  • Certificate, International Humanitarian Law (1999)