Dr Laura-Stella Enonchong

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law (VC2020)

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: Room 5.78, Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8620

E: laura.enonchong@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Dr Laura-Stella Enonchong is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She joined the Law School in January 2017. Her research interests are in the field of comparative constitutional law, international and comparative human rights, law and governance (particularly in countries of the global South), the African Union and the African Human Rights System.

Her recent scholarship has focused on constitutional governance in Cameroon, international constitutional law and the protection of disability rights under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Prior to joining De Montfort Law School, Laura was associate Lecturer in the University of Warwick and Deputy Coordinator of the civil society organisation, the Opportunity Foundation.

She also acts as expert consultant on issues of constitutionalism in Africa and has provided advice to international and regional organisations such as the World Bank, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the African Union Commission on aspects relating to human rights, refugees and constitutionalism in Cameroon.

Laura has also contributed to civil society organisations in Birmingham working with refugees. These include, the Refugee Action where she worked on the CARE Project and the Birmingham Refugee Council where she worked on the ‘Women’s Project’ winning the regional Marsh Awards for designing a project on social integration of refugees in Birmingham.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Law, Justice and Society

Publications and outputs 

L.E. Enonchong, The Constitution and Governance in Cameroon (Routledge 2021).

L.E. Enonchong, 'International Constitutional Law and Judicial Review of Domestic Human Rights Legislation' (2019) 13(2) Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law , ICL 87 - 118.

L.E. Enonchong, ‘Disabled People in Africa Get a Raw Deal. What’s been done to fix this? (January 2018) The Conversation. Available at < https://theconversation.com/disabled-people-in-africa-get-a-raw-deal-whats-been-done-to-fix-this-88089>.

L. E. Enonchong, ‘Mental Disability and the Right to Personal Liberty in Africa’ (2017) 21(9) The International Journal of Human Rights 1351-1377.  

L. E. Enonchong, ‘Applying International Standards in Enforcing the Right to Personal Liberty in Cameroon: Prospects and Challenges’ (2016) 60(3) Journal of African Law 389-417.

L. E. Enonchong, ‘Habeas Corpus under the New Criminal Procedure Code of Cameroon:   Progress or Status Quo?’ (2014) 14(2) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 47-72.

L.E. Enonchong, ‘Judicial Independence and Accountability in Cameroon: Balancing a Tenuous Relationship’ (2012) 5 African Journal of Legal Studies 313-337.

L.E. Enonchong, ‘The Travails of an Enfeebled Parliament: The Swazi House of Assembly Reverses a Vote of No Confidence in the Cabinet’ (October 2012).  International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog. Available at, <http://www.iconnectblog.com/?s=Laura-Stella+Enonchong>.

L.E. Enonchong & Gedion Hessebon, ‘Leadership Transition in Africa: Perspectives from Ghana and Ethiopia’ (October 2012). International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog Available at < http://www.iconnectblog.com/?s=Laura-Stella+Enonchong>.

L.E. Enonchong, ‘Tanzania’s Constitutional Review: A New Era for the Union?’ (July 2012). International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog. Available at < http://www.iconnectblog.com/?s=Laura-Stella+Enonchong>.

Research interests/expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative constitutionalism
  • International and Comparative Human Rights
  • African Union and  the African Human Rights System

Areas of teaching

  • International Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Social Justice in Human Rights


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teahcing in Higher Education

PhD (University of Warwick)

LLM (University of Birmingham)

MPA (Kentucky State University)

Maitrise en droit (University of Yaoundé II)

LLB (University of Buea)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • International Law and Policy in Africa Network
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • International Association of Constitutional Law
  • African Network of Constitutional Lawyers

Professional licences and certificates

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Conference papers

'Constitutionalism, Human Rights and the Foreign Relations of African Non-central Governments -NCGs' GCRF Funded Symposium on the Foreign Relations of African NCGs: Lagos, Nigeria, July 2019.

'Constitutional Courts and Democratic Entrenchment in Developing Democracies'. ECAS 2019 Conference; Africa: Connections and Disruptions, Edinburgh, June 2019.

‘International Constitutional Law and the Role of ‘Le contrôle de conventionnalité des lois’ in Enhancing Domestic Human Rights’. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference; The Diverse Unities of Law, Dublin, September 2017.

Mental Disability and the Right to Personal Liberty under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Time for reconsideration’. Leicester- Modena Conference; A Dialogue on Law and Rights, Modena, Italy, April 2017.

‘Watching the Watchmen: Rethinking Cameroon’s Model of Judicial Accountability’.Fifth ANCL Conference on Fostering Judicial Independence and Accountability in African States, Lagos, Nigeria, May 2012.

‘Exploring the Development of Female Education in Cameroon from a Human Rights Perspective’ Women’s World Day of Prayer Conference, Birmingham, March 2010.

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