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Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe (+231)-777707477

Brief Profile
Managing Partner, Gongloe and Associates, Inc, a law firm engaged in the general practice of law including courtroom trials, drafting articles of incorporation and bylaws and other corporate documents for corporations, registration of various types of business; drafting legislations, most recent of which was the civil service reform law; part of the team that worked on local government reform law; prepared the initial draft of a bill to repeal anti-press laws; prepared the initial draft of the jury reform law; drafted the small arms bill; was part of the team that reviewed the code of conduct for public officials, prepared the zero draft for the Criminal Conveyance Act, prepared the initial draft of the Land Authority Act, was part of the team that drafted the whistle-blower and Witness Protection act, lectures Human Rights Law and Criminal Procedure Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and at the James A. A Pierre Judicial Institute lectures on constitutional law, lectures on evidence, criminal procedure and human rights at the Police Training Academy in the basic training program and legal framework for policing for the senior officers’ in-service training program ( the lectures at the police academy is done whenever the call is made and my schedule permits); makes speeches and presentations on various issues of law and human rights, the Code of Conduct and the Constitution of Liberia at training workshops of lawyers, civil servants and civil society advocates and numerous other occasions; has been orator for human rights day in Liberia many times, the most recent being African Human Rights Day (2016) and International Human Rights Day (2016).
In April 2011 chaired a special committee, established by the President to investigate the March 22, 2011 police brutality against students of the G. W. Gibson High School and Tubman High School;
Former Minister of Labor, Republic of Liberia – resigned in
November 2010 over policy disagreement with the President of Liberia;
Former Solicitor General, Republic of Liberia, the first in the history of Liberia to prosecute a former head of State and sitting members of the Liberian Senate; in that position, participated in the renegotiation of the Metal Steel mining concession agreement in Liberia, participated in the formulation of the forestry reform law, amongst other things.
Member Grievance and Ethics Committee, Supreme Court Bar
Managing director, Legal Consultants Inc. (a law firm located in Monrovia, Liberia, dedicated mainly to defending the rights of the poor);
- Provided legal representation for journalists illegally arrested and detained by government or held in contempt by courts (many of whom are in exile in the United States) pro-democracy, media and human rights NGOs, including, but not limited to the Center for Democratic empowerment (CEDE) The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) the Star Radio (a pro-democracy radio station funded by USAID and a Swiss NGO Foundation Horondelle), UNHCR, and many unknown grass root organizations;
-was contracted by the Liberia National Transitional government (LNTG) headed by Cllr. David Kpomakpor to prosecute Gen. Charles Julu was found guilty and sentenced to long-term imprisonment, but was later granted clemency by the Council of State of the LNTG;
-made presentations at workshops and conferences in and out of Liberia, made TV and radio appearances in and out of Liberia, made TV and radio appearances in and out of Liberia on issues of human rights in Liberia;
-1994, admitted to the Supreme Court Bar as Counsellor-at-law
-1994-served as a member of United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) as UNV team leader in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape;
-1990-1994 ,Executive Assistant to the President of the Interim government of Liberia and participated in almost all the peace conferences organized by the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) as a member of the Interim Government’s delegation;


Professional Membership

Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA)

1988-Admitted to the Montserrado Bar as Attorney-at-Law, the Supreme Court Bar as Counsellor-at-law in 1994

Elected three times as member of the Executive Council of the Liberia National Bar Association, the first of which was in 1995;

Life Member, Governing Board of the African Bar Association
Member, Public Interest Lawyers Association of West Africa


2005-Impunity is threat to Freedom-an op-ed co-authored with Gen Romeo Dalliare (former commander of the UN Peacekeeping troops in Rwanda)

2003-Help Us Rebuild, an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal
The Law and the Medial in Liberia, a booklet published by the Media foundation for West Africa in Ghana (1998)

Liberia’s experience with the doctrine of separation of powers, an essay published in the Democracy Watch Journal, Monrovia, Liberia (2000)

Written numerous articles in Liberian and foreign newspapers and websites, mainly and, amongst others, on peace, human rights and the rule of law issues;

Awards and Honors

2004-2005 – Human Rights Policy Research fellow, Car Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of government, Harvard University.

2004 – Research fellow, Harvard University, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of African and African American Research;

2002 – Human Rights Watch Highest honor for human rights work in Liberia;

2003 – A. Philip Randolph Bayard Rustin freedom Award, A. Randolph Institute’s highest award;

2002 – Honored by the Liberia Mandingo Association of New York (LIMANY) by naming an award for peace and human rights in his honor;

1995-2000 recognition as human rights lawyer and advocate by nearly all local newspapers;

Work Experience

Managing Partner Gongloe & Associates, Inc

July 24, 2009-November 4, 2010
Minister of Labor Republic of Liberia

Managing Director Legal Consultants Inc

Executive Assistant to the President of the Interim Government of Liberia Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS)

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