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Judge Cornelius Wennah-TIP Hero

Judge Cornelius Wennah

Judge Cornelius Wennah


As a recipient of the 2022 TIP Report Hero Award, Judge Cornelius Wennah was recognized for his tireless devotion to improve Liberia’s anti-TIP track record. Prior to his current position as a Residential Criminal Court Judge in Bong County, he was Head of Felonious Crimes and a prosecutor in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), investigating, prosecuting, and advising on TIP matters and other crimes. He is distinguished for being a TIP training curriculum developer and trainer country-wide on a project funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL).

Since 2020, Judge Wennah has assisted the International Development Law Organization to develop international-standard-level human trafficking training curriculum for judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel, all to raise awareness and strengthen justice sector actors’ capacities to prevent and address human trafficking. Judge Wennah was instrumental in the development and adoption of a trafficking bench book for judges and a handbook for law enforcement and prosecutors – harmonizing international standards and local practice – without compromising on best practices, lessons learned, or international standards.

Judge Wennah is an Alumnus of ILEA Gbarone having attended the Financial Investigatice Techniques course in November 2018 and the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Course in January 2019 as well from ILEA Roswell where he participated in the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation - Executive Policy and Development Symposium on Transnational Organized Crime in August 2023.