Stephen Kingah

Research Fellow

  • Stephen Kingah
    UNU-CRIS Potterierei 72, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
    +32 50 47 11 05

    Research Interests

    • African Union
    • Comparative Regionalism
    • EU relations with ACP countries
    • International financial institutions
    • International Humand rights law
    • International organizations
    • International rules and policies related to access to medicines and vaccines in the South


    Ph.D., Law, Free University of Brussels (VUB)
    LLM, St. Louis Brussels
    DES en droit, Notre Dame Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve
    LLB, University of Yaoundé II


    Coordination Team FP7 EU-GR:EEN project
    Research Fellow
    Visiting lecturer: Univeristy of Strasbourg
    Member of the editorial team of Revue du droit africain
    Rapporteur for SADC for the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law

    Biographical Statement

    Stephen  Kingah has a Ph.D. in law from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He specializes on the rules that pertain to access to medicines and vaccines, especially in the South. During his doctoral studies Stephen was research fellow at the Institute for European Studies of the VUB, while also doubling as a Ph.D. intern at UNU-CRIS.

    Stephen is visiting lecturer at the University of Strasbourg where he teaches a course on the EU’s relations with international financial institutions. Previously he has taught as guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, the College of Europe in Bruges and the VUB in Brussels. He is on the scientific committee of the Review of African Law. He also served as rapporteur for the American Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Organizations for the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

    Following his Ph.D. studies, he worked as ad hoc administrator in the European Commission charged with the European Union’s relations with international financial institutions, with emphasis on the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He has also worked as an expert for projects funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and, more recently, the European Parliament.

    Stephen has published in many periodicals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, International Organizations Law Review, the European Foreign Affairs Review, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, amongst others. He recently co-authored (with Stefaan Smis)  a monograph on SADC and book chapters with Kluwer Law International, Intercentia and Lynne Rienner publishers.

    He takes interests in: the legal and political aspects of EU-ACP relations; international financial institutions; the African Union’s institutional architecture; and human rights aspects of accessing affordable health care in the South.  As a research fellow at UNU-CRIS, he will work on the comparative regionalism cluster. He will focus on, amongst others, the economic partnership agreements that are being negotiated by the EU and ACP countries/regions.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • African Traditions and the Modern Human Rights Mechanisms: The Case for Women in Cameroon and Africa
      By: Stephen Kingah and Petronilla Kingah
      Cameroon Journal of Democracy and Human Rights, 2010, 4(2): 81-105.
    • Assessing the Contributions of the EC at the WTO in Facilitating Access to Affordable Medicines in Africa
      By: Sharifah Sekalala and Stephen Kingah
      in: King’s College Student Law Review, 2009, online review
    • The Utility of Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation of WMD Clauses Under the EU-ACP Revised Cotonou Agreement
      By: Stefaan Smis and Sevidzem Stephen Kingah
      in International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 2008, vol. 57 (1), pp.149-168.
    • How the Government of Chad can Meet its Development Pledges to the People of Chad Without Breaching its Obligations with the World Bank and Multinational Companies
      By: Stephen Kingah
      Manchester Journal of International Economic Law 2007 vol. 4 (3), pp. 3-42
    • The New EU Africa Strategy: Grounds for Cautious Optimism
      By: Stephen Kingah
      in European Foreign Affairs Review , 2006, vol. 11 (4), pp. 527-553
    • The Capacity of the African Union to Promote Good Governance
      By: Stephen Kingah
      in International Organization Law Review, 2006, pp. 315-337
    • The New EU Africa Strategy: Grounds for Cautious Optimism
      By: Stephen Kingah
      in European Foreign Affairs Review , 2006, vol. 11 (4), pp. 527-553
    • The Revised Cotonou Agreement Between the European Community and the African, Caribbean and Pacific States: Innovations on Security, Political Dialogue, Transparency, Money and Social Responsibility
      By: Stephen Kingah
      In: Journal of African Law, 50(1), 2006.

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • The Chad Cameroon Pipeline Project (CCPP) and the Dilemmas of the Government of Chad
      By: Stephen Kingah
      in: Proceedings of the American Society of International Law (with S. Smis), 2007