Counselor Benedict Sannoh is the current Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs. He was designated by Justice Minister Cllr. Christiana P. Tarr, on May 1, 2012, to represent the Ministry of Justice on the Board of Commissioners of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission. He replaced Cllr. Idella Cooper-Shannon, who previously served in this capacity. As a seasoned lawyer and human rights advocate/educator, Cllr. Sannoh founded the Center for Law and Human Rights Education in Monrovia and served as its Executive Director from July 1992 to May 2002. As head of the Center, Cllr. Sannoh implemented a legal aid program that provided legal services to many defenseless Liberians, and successfully ran a human rights radio program geared towards educating the Liberian people about their fundamental human rights.
Cllr. Sannoh was very instrumental in the drafting process of several pieces of legislation including the Independent Human Rights Commission Act, Financial Institutions Act, and the Act creating the Central Bank of Liberia. He also served as Assistant Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia and taught courses in Commercial Law, Corporations Law, and Legal Methods for nearly 14 years.
In the international circle, Cllr. Sannoh has experience working with United Nations Mission in Sierra, where he served as Chief for the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice Section, and in Sudan where he served as Director of the Transitional Justice and Human Rights Section. Cllr. Sannoh holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree from Columbia University Law School, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, Bachelor of Science Degree from Temple University in the United States of America, and an Associate of Arts from East Los Angeles College in California, United States of America.