Stephen Kingah

Dr. Stephen Kingah

Senior Associate Researcher


Stephen Sevidzem Kingah was born in March 1980 in Cameroon. He started working for the Institute for European Studies (IES) in March 2004 on an IES project on the European Union (EU) and Regional Integration in Africa. He graduated from VUB in October 2008 as Doctor in Law with his PhD thesis is on "Access to Affordable HIV/AIDS Medicines in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): Coherence of EC Rules and Policies." 

Stephen takes interest in democratization processes in Africa; on EU’s relations with the Group of African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) and on international economic law with special emphasis international investments and on the link between development and trade.  

Before joining the IES Stephen pursued a maîtrise en droit privé at the University of Yaoundé II (2002). He obtained an LLM in Legal Theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels (2003, magna cum laude). His LLM final paper was on the “Historical Foundations of African Law.” In 2004 Stephen equally received his diplôme d’études spécialisé (DES) in international human rights law from the l’Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and Faculté Universitaire Notre Damme Namur. He is associate member of scientific committee of the Revue de droit africain. In addition Stephen is associate research fellow at the United Nations University (Comparative Regional Integration Studies) Bruges.


- PhD defended at the Law Faculty of the VUB. Topic: Access to Aids Medicines in Southern Africa: Coherence of European Community Rules and Policies.

- Others interests: International Economic Law; EC-ACP relations; Law of International Organizations; Governance in Africa; the African Union.


Conference Presentations


1) “Is the African Union Gospel of Institutional Reformation to be believed?” Paper Presented at the EADI General Conference on 24 September 2005, Bonn, Germany.

2) “Swapping Money for Political and Economic accountability: Good Governance from the Yaoundé to the Cotonou Agreements between the EC and ACP Countries” Paper Presented at the UACES conference in Limerick, Ireland, 1 September, 2006 (with S. Smis).

3) “Negotiating Trade Preferences on Big Brothers’ Terms: EC and US Trade and Political Strategies in Africa” ECPR conference in Istanbul, Turkey, 23 September 2006 (with S. Smis).

4) “Reeling between the Hammer and an Anvil: How the Government of Chad can Meet its Obligations with its People without Compromising its Relations with the World Bank and the International oil Consortium,” Paper presented at the 101st annual meeting of the American Society of International Law 28 – 31 March 2007, (29 March 2007) Washington, D.C., the United States of America. (with S. Smis).

5) “The Utility and Futility of Introducing Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation Clauses in the Revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the ACP and EU,” Paper presented at the University Association for Contemporary European Studies Conference, 3 – 5 September 2007, Portsmouth, the United Kingdom. (with S. Smis).

6) “Selected Problems of Institutional and Substantive Coherence in SADC-EC EPA Negotiations” Conference Organized by the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden held on 5-7 October 2007.

7) “Access to Affordable HIV/AIDS Medicines in the Southern African Development Community: The Coherence of EC Rules and Policies” Paper Presented at the University of Warwick, the United Kingdom, 6 November 2007.

8) “EU’s New Africa Strategy: Grounds for Cautious Optimism,” Paper presented at the Workshop on “The State of Multi-party Systems and Democratic Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Role of the European Union,” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Brussels, Belgium, 8 November 2007.

9) “Contributions of the European Community on Access to HIV/AIDS Medicines in Africa at the WTO.” Paper presented at the Conference on EU in International Affairs, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Brussels, Belgium, 24-26 April 2008. (With Sharifah Sekalala).

10) “Access to Affordable AIDS Medicines in SADC,” Paper presented as main lecture at the National Moot Court on Access to Aids Medicines, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, 6 November 2008.

11) "European Commission Response to the Effects of the Financial Crisis in the developing world," Presentation before the Political Affairs Committee of the Joint EU-ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 11 February 2009, ACP House Brussels, Belgium.

12) “How Countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can use the World Trade Organization and the European Community Flexibilities for Better Access to Affordable HIV/AIDS Medicines” Paper presented at Bamberg University, Germany 20 June 2009.