Atabongawung Tamo joined ISS as a researcher in June 2014. He specialises in international law and development. His current research falls within the broader mandate of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity, and in particular within the context of West Africa’s trade relations with the European Union. Before joining the ISS, he was research fellow at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values (Universiteit Antwerpen), where he researched on the project ‘Globalisation and Legal Theory’. He has investigated on conflict diamonds and their role in funding and sustaining conflicts in Africa and equally conducted research in the field of business and human rights, with particular interest on corporate human rights responsibility/accountability under international law. Apart from his current line of research, he is interested in contemporary debates on globalisation and Africa. Before pursuing an academic career, Atabongawung worked for the Cameroon National Elections Observatory and Bureau Central des Recensements et des Études de Population (BUCREP) as a Team leader for the 2006 World Bank sponsored population census in Cameroon. He is equally Programme Coordinator at the African Foundation for International Law (AFIL), The Hague.
Atabongawung holds a LLB (University of Buea), Maitrise en Droit (University of Yaounde II) MA in Governance and Development Studies (Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques CERIS-Brussels), Post Graduate in International/EU Law (Universiteit Antwerpen) and a Ph.D. in Law (Universiteit Antwerpen). He has also held visiting research fellowships at the European University Institute (Florence-Italy) and Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale (Catholic University – Louvain La Neuve)
K. Arts, T.A. Atabongawung & K. De Feyter (2016). UN Declaration on the Right to Development 1986 - 2016, Ways to Promote Further Progress in Practice: Preadviezen (Mededelingen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht, 143). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press
K. Arts & T.A. Atabongawung (2016). Revitalizing the Right to Development in International Law. In C.J.M. Arts, A. Tamo & K. De Feyter (Eds.), UN Declaration on the Right to Development 1986 - 2016, Ways to Promote Further Progress in Practice: Preadviezen (Mededelingen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht, 143) (pp. 1-32). Den Haag: Asser Press
T.A. Atabongawung (2016). Transnational Corporations as Agents of Justice in International Law. In E.-M. Mbonda & T. Ngosso (Eds.), Théories de la Justice: Justice globale, agents de la justice et justice de genre – Séminaires doctoraux de Yaoundé Yaoundé PhD seminars 2012-2014 (pp. 121-134). Louvain: Presses universitaires de Louvain
T.A. Atabongawung (2015). Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives and the Evolution of the Business and Human Rights Discourse: Lessons from the Kimberley Process and Conflict Diamonds. In J. Martin & K.E. Bravo (Eds.), The Business and Human Rights Landscape: Moving Forward, Looking Back (pp. 75-105). New York: Cambridge University Press
T.A. Atabongawung (2015). Corporate Complicity for Human Rights Violations in Africa Post-Kiobel Case. In J.L. Černič & T. Van Ho (Eds.), Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights (pp. 447-474). Oisterwijk (The Netherlands): Wolf Legal Publishers
T.A. Atabongawung (2013, april 13). ‘Globalisation and Human Rights: Can a Multinational Corporation Violate Human Rights Law?’. University of Buea – Cameroon, Graduate Seminar Lecture.
T.A. Atabongawung (2013, december 18). ‘The Significance of Enforceability on the attribution of Corporate Responsibility in International Law’. The Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Prague – Antwerp Colloquium.
T.A. Atabongawung (2013). ‘Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives and the Evolution of the Business and Human Rights Discourse: Lessons from the Kimberley Process and Conflict Diamonds’. West Virginia University, College of Law Conference on 'Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back': Morgantown, WV (2013, september 24).
T.A. Atabongawung (2013). Visiting 8 week fellow at the Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale, Université catholique Louvain la Neuve. Overig.
T.A. Atabongawung (2011). European Science Foundation Fellowship, through the Globalisation and Transnational Human Rights Obligations (GLOTHRO) Network. Overig.