Hon. Benedict F. Sannoh, is a Liberian by birth, hailing from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount County.
He has practiced law for over thirty years, 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. Hon. Sannoh has litigated a number of cases in the Courts of Liberia, the rulings in some of which are landmark cases in Liberian jurisprudence.
His practice has included Corporate Law, Commercial Law, International Business Transactions, Maritime Law, 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.
He served as Assistant Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, where he taught courses in Corporations Law, Commercial Law, Contracts and Insurance over a period of nearly fourteen (14) years.
After the Civil war in Liberia, he served as Project Coordinator under contract with the United States Department of Justice for the codification of the Opinions of the Supreme Court of Liberia (Liberia Law Reports-LLRs) from 1979- 2002, now referred to as Volumes 28-39 of the Liberia Law Reports
In Civil Society, he organized and managed Liberia’s first Human Rights Organization, the Center for Law and Human Rights, from 1992 -2002, during which he advocated for the respect for rule of law, democratic values, human rights and fundamental freedoms in Liberia, and provided free consultations and legal services to those whose rights were violated but could not afford counsel to represent them. He was a strong advocate for peace during the civil conflict and participated in several Peace Conferences on the conflict, including Akosombo, Yamoussoukro, Accra, and Riverview, Monrovia among others, which led to the Peace Agreement in 1997.
In Government, he served as Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs. Prior to this, He worked for several years at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center as Administrator.
In International Service, he worked with the United Nations from 2003-2012 in Sudan and South Sudan managing the United Nations interventions in the area of human rights, rule of law and transitional justice.
He is a member of the St. Stephens Episcopal Church and a member of Vestry.
1. Master of Laws (LL.M) ’87,
Columbia University Law School
New York, New York, USA
2. Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) ‘86
Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law,
University of Liberia
3. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) ‘81 Temple University
4. Associates of Arts (AA) ‘76 East Los Angeles College,
Los Angeles, California, USA
5. Secondary School Certificate (’71)
Christ the King College
Bo, Sierra Leone
6. Certificate Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy (’09)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
7. Certificate, Rule of law and Peacekeeping (’06)
Kofi Annan Institute for Training
8. Certificate, International Humanitarian Law (1999)