Professor John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, calls for protection of environmental defenders

Photo of Professor John Knox inside the Worrell Professional Center

Professor John Knox, the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, spoke at the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Professor Knox specifically addressed government responsibility in protecting the environment and human rights.

“We’re really living through a global crisis when it comes to protecting the rights of environmental defenders,” said Professor Knox in his report. “It is simply unacceptable that we’re doing a terrible job in protecting the lives of those protecting the environment of which all of our lives depend on.”