Professor John Knox is a keynote speaker at Chico Vive conference in Washington, D.C., on April 4-6

Photo of Professor John Knox

Professor of International Law John Knox

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox, the U.N.’s independent expert on human rights and the environment, and Marina Silva, Brazil’s former environment minister, and will be keynote speakers at the Chico Vive: The Legacy of Chico Mendes and the Global Grassroots Environmental Movement conference which will take place at the School of International Service, on the campus of American University in northwest Washington, D.C.  from Friday afternoon, April 4, through Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014.

Grassroots activists and experts from many countries will also speak. The Chico Vive conference begin. Speakers and audience members will come from around the world. Half of the audience will be undergraduate and graduate students. The languages of the conference will be English, Spanish and Portuguese, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided to and from those languages.

The conference is expected to have 30+ speakers participating in six panel sessions, with as many as five speakers per session. The sessions will be recorded and broadcast. View the conference live at .

The conference will honor Chico Mendes, the leader of the rubber tappers of the Brazilian Amazon. In the late 1980s he became internationally famous as an environmental campaigner. Mendes traveled the world, calling for cancellation of road, ranching, mining and dam projects that threatened the Amazon rainforest and the rubber tappers’ sustainable way of life. On December 22, 1988, he was killed at his home in Xapuri, Acre, Brazil. He was 44 years old.

Chico Vive: The Legacy of Chico Mendes and the Global Grassroots Environmental Movement

School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C.

April 4-6, 2014

Visit the website of the Chico Vive Conference.

Watch the conference beginning April 4 at 3:00 p.m. EST at .

Professor John Knox presents his keynote at 12:45 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 5.

Chico Vive Conference