Liberia

Attorney Finley Y. Karngar is originally from Grand Bassa, Liberia. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree (2001) in Business Administration from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia, with Professor Anselme B. Sao serving as Dean for the College of Business and Public Administration. With keen interest in justice and equity, Finley matriculated to the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, where he earned a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree in 2009; after three years of rigorous law studies under the deanship of Professor Cllr. David A.B. Jallah. With deep longing for human rights, social and economic justice for development (the expression of his passion for Human Rights Law), he excelled in his pursuit and became a beneficiary of an international graduate scholarship award to advance his studies.

In 2011 he successfully earned a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in Intellectual Property Law from Italy; a study jointly facilitated by The University of Turin, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, and International Labour Organization (ILO), where he published a research paper on “The Interplay between Traditional Knowledge and Geographical Indications: A Case Study of Liberia;” under the critical scrutiny of Professor Marco Ricolfi, Scientific Co-Director of the Turin University Law School.

Currently, Attorney Karngar is an active member of the Liberia National Bar and works with a renowned international development organisation as a Rule of Law Advisor.

During his academic sojourn at the Arthur Grimes School of Law, he served as class president for International Law I and II, respectively, under the tutorship of Professor Dr. Nevada Ricks; helping to tutor other classmates. In 2006 he was commissioned by former Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Henry Reeves Cooper, focusing on the recruitment of commissioners for Liberia Human Rights Commission. His previous works include: Legal Aid Officer with a local right-based organization in Monrovia. Attracted to scientific research, he was admitted in 2009, and earned a certificate (2010) in the Qualitative Research in Social Science for Sub-Saharan Africa funded by the European Union at Ashesi University, Ghana.

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