Seward Montgomery Cooper is an international and corporate lawyer, heading the firm Cooper & Co. (Counselors at Law) and serving as one of seven international judges of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal.
Counselor Cooper previously served as the Legal Advisor to the former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and as a member of her Cabinet from 2011-2016. He was the first head of the African Development Bank Group’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption office, and earlier served as Chief Counsel & Head, Unit for Good Governance. Counselor Cooper has co-led the conception of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) – an international organization – headquartered in Abidjan. He has served on several boards of directors including the ALSF’s Management Board, which he chaired, and served as president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and adjunct professor of business law at the University of Liberia.
Counselor Cooper is the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia. A graduate of the University of Liberia (B.B.A.) and of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.), he is admitted as a counselor-at-law of the Supreme Court of Liberia and of the United States of America. He is an ardent advocate for women’s participation in governance.