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James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh

James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh
James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh
Edinburgh UK

James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh

Politics and International Relations

School of Social and Political Science

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD

+44 (0)7504290905


Ø MA in Public Administration and Public Policy, University of York (UK) 2008

Ø MA in Public Policy, Central European University (Hungary), 2009

Ø BA in Political Science, University of Ghana, 2005


Working PhD Title: 

Eu­ropean Union's Ex­ter­nal Trade Ne­go­tia­ti­ons: A Com­pa­ra­ti­ve Ana­ly­sis of Eco­no­mic Part­nership Agree­ments (EPAs) With ECO­WAS and CA­RIF­O­RUM

 Research Interests:

International trade, international political economy and international development policies:

Ø European Union external trade policies regarding Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries 

ØEU development cooperation policies with ACP Countries

ØEU institutions and decision-making processes

ØPublic Administration and governance

Ø Project development, implementation and evaluation


Thesis Abstract: 

With the com­pe­tence of ne­go­tia­ting trade po­li­cies for Mem­ber Sta­tes, the Eu­ropean Com­mis­si­on has been en­ga­ging mem­bers of the Af­ri­can, Ca­rib­be­an and Pa­ci­fic group of sta­tes in the ne­go­tia­ti­on of Eco­no­mic Part­nership Agree­ments (EPAs) since 2002/2003. The out­co­me has been mixed with some re­la­tive­ly suc­cess­ful agree­ment with the Ca­rib­be­an eco­no­mic bloc (CA­RIF­O­RUM) as plan­ned while dif­fi­cul­ties abound with other ne­go­tia­ti­ons such as with the West Af­ri­can Eco­no­mic Com­mu­ni­ty (ECO­WAS). What ex­plains the dif­fe­ren­ces in the ne­go­tia­ti­on out­co­mes? This re­search will di­la­te on the out­co­mes of the EPAs ne­go­tia­ti­ons so far re­flec­ting on EU in­stitu­tio­nal and po­li­cy  for­mu­la­ti­on dy­na­mics. It seeks to in­ves­ti­ga­te the negotiation   pro­ce­du­res and pro­ces­ses un­der­pin­ning the EPAs ne­go­tia­ti­ons as well as the ac­tors     in­vol­ved and the kind of      in­flu­ence they exert on the ne­go­tia­ti­ons pro­ces­ses. The study also seeks to dis­co­ver how the EU have sought to achie­ve its  ex­ter­nal po­li­cy goals and in what ways such ap­proa­ches could be im­pro­ved from a com­pa­ra­ti­ve per­spec­tive using the case of ECO­WAS and CA­RIF­O­RUM EPAs ne­go­tia­ti­ons using negotiation analytic framework.


Supervisors: Dr Chad Damro (Edinburgh) and Professor Wolfgang Wessels (Cologne)


Awards (funding and merit): 

Marie Curie EXACT ITN Fellowship

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship


Teaching Experience:

Ø Co-teaching a se­mi­nar "Eu­ropean Po­li­tics: Eu­ropean Union Ex­ter­nal Re­la­ti­ons: the EU-Af­ri­ca Part­nership", Uni­ver­si­ty of Co­lo­gne, Sum­mer Se­mes­ter 2012/2013

ØGuest Lecturer on EU-Africa Relations, in a Seminar  "The European Union as a Global Actor", University of Cologne, Winter Semester 2012/2013

Ø Tutor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Ethnicity in Ghanaian Politics, University of Ghana, 2006/2007

Other Activities:

ØMember of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association

Ø Board Member of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association- African Chapter

ØQuality Assurance Expert, EU-Africa Higher Education Projects (2009-2013)


Selected Conference Papers/Publications:

Ø TEPSA Policy Brief: Time for a new generation of Trade Agreements between the EU and ACP countries? Published in February 2012 (See it here).

Ø Leading the way? Comparing the CARIFORUM EPA negotiations with those for ECOWAS, A paper presented during a seminar organised by the Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy, European Parliament on "The Role of Parliaments in Scrutinising International Agreements" European Parliament, Brussels, 17- 20 October 2011

Ø Paper pre­sen­ta­ti­on on "Eu­ropean Union's Eco­no­mic Part­nership Agree­ments with Af­ri­ca, Ca­rib­be­an, and Pa­ci­fic Coun­tries: A Case of Mar­ket Power Eu­ro­pe?"     du­ring a "New Fron­tiers in Eu­ropean Stu­dies: UACES Stu­dent Forum", 12th An­nu­al Con­fe­rence, Uni­ver­si­ty of Sur­rey, 30 June to 1 July 2011

ØPaper pre­sen­ta­ti­on on "Eu­ropean Union's Eco­no­mic Part­nership Agree­ments with Af­ri­ca, Ca­rib­be­an, and Pa­ci­fic Coun­tries: A Case of Mar­ket Power Eu­ro­pe?"     du­ring a Gra­dua­te Con­fe­rence on  a "Ta­king the Eu­ropean Union into the 21st Cen­tu­ry; His­to­ry, Chal­len­ges and De­ba­tes"   or­ga­nis­ed by Eu­ropean Union Cent­re of Ex­cel­lence, Uni­ver­si­ty of Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, 9 April 2011