Dr. Kingah, Stephen

Associate Research Fellow
03/01/2011 to 30/09/2023
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, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
LLM, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
DES en droit, The University of Namur
LLB, University of Yaoundé II

Biographical Statement 

Stephen Kingah was an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS. Stephen has been serving as adjunct professor at the Pan-African University center for governance at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon.

Stephen received his LLB and Masters of Laws at the University of Yaoundé II; an LLM from the University of Texas in Austin; a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford; and a PhD in International Law from the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

Stephen’s research has mainly dwelt on the intersection between law and economic justice reform. As such he as taught and written extensively on this topic as well as the relevance of regional bodies/processes on economic justice reform.  He has taught courses on regionalism and international  (comparative) law at the Universities of Maastricht; Strasbourg; the Pan African University, amongst others. At a more granular level his interests can be subsumed under five clusters:

  • Comparative regionalism as featuring thread in the other clusters (institutions/ processes)
  • The Law and access to medicines and vaccines (pharmaceuticals)
  • Constitutionalizing economic and social rights (economic justice reform) including efforts to combat corruption and return stolen assets
  • National security law and efforts to combat terrorism
  • North-South relations and transnational policy networks

Publications include: “The Role of Regional Health Diplomacy on Data Sharing,” Regions and Cohesion (2019) (with Philippe De Lombaerde and Ana Amaya).
“Development and Regionalism” in Handbook on Development and Social Change (Edgar Publishing, 2018), pp. 109-130.
“Legal Treatment of Boko Haram Militants Captured by Cameroon,” African Journal of International and Comparative Law (2018).
“The Contested Emerging International Norm and Practice of a Responsibility to Protect: Where are Regional Organizations?” 42 North Carolina International Law Journal (Winter 2016) (with Eva Seiwert).