Dr. Kingah, Stephen

Associate Research Fellow
03/01/2011 to 02/01/2017
Research Interests 

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


PhD in 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

Biographical Statement 

Stephen Kingah is an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS since January 2017 and has a PhD 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. He equally doubled at the time as PhD 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 PhD studies he worked as ad hoc administrator in the European Commission charged with the European Union’s relations par rapport international financial institutions, with emphasis on the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He has also worked as 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 on 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 research fellow in the UNU CRIS he will work on the comparative regionalism cluster. He will focus amongst others on the economic partnership agreements that are being negotiated by the EU and ACP countries/regions.