Professor John Knox kicks off this year’s SCOTUS Talks series on Wednesday, Sept. 18

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Professor John Knox, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment

Wake Forest Law’s speaker series, “SCOTUS Talks,” kicks off this fall at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center with Professor John Knox and his presentation on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which gives a glimpse into other human rights cases pending in federal courts.

“Last April, in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a claim against a corporation for massive human rights violations in Nigeria could not be heard in federal court,” Knox explained.  “The decision casts serious doubt on many other pending human rights cases in federal courts around the country.”

Law faculty members discuss recent and pending Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) cases throughout the academic year. The talks are at noon during the activities hour in the large courtroom with food provided. Students have the opportunity to raise questions about the implications of these important cases.

“Students won’t want to miss this series where professors give insights and updates on past and present U.S. Supreme Court decisions,” said Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean, Administrative and Student Services.