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Professor John Knox to speak about his work for the United Nations on Thursday, Nov. 20

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox will speak about his experience at the first independent expert on human rights and the environment for the United Nations on Thursday, Nov. 20, at noon in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.
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Human rights and the environment: Professor John Knox, a UN expert, in first fact-finding visit to France

The United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, will undertake an official visit to France from 20 – 24 October 2014, to assess how the country is implementing human rights relating to environmental protection and to identify good practices.

“France is at the forefront at linking human rights with environmental protection,” the expert said, praising it for being the first country to devote an entire constitutional declaration to the right to the environment.

The French Environment Charter raises sustainable development to the highest level in France’s legal structure, alongside the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the preamble to the 1946 Constitution.

“However,” Mr. Knox stressed, “it is important to assess the lessons learned and challenges faced in the country with regard to realisation of such environmental rights, as well as how it is addressing global environmental challenges with human rights impacts, such as climate change.”

During his five-day visit, at the invitation of the Government, the UN Independent Expert will meet Government officials and experts, as well as representatives of civil society.

Mr. Knox will present his preliminary observations on the visit at a press conference on the last day of the mission, Friday 24 October at 11:00, at Salle René Cassin, Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme (CNCDH), 35 rue saint Dominique, 75007 Paris.

Read the story on The Asia Digest.

Professor John Knox discusses first global treaty to control mercury

GENEVA  – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, Marc Pallemaerts, and the U.N. Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox, welcomed today the signing of the world’s first global treaty to control mercury by some 140 countries and territories, at an international conference in Minamata City, Japan.

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

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. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox interviewed by World Radio Switzerland for Earth Day

If we fail our environment, we fail to protect out human rights.   Continue reading »

Professor John Knox speaks about threat of environmental change on Earth Day

In recognition of Earth Day 2013 on Monday, April 22, the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner has released a statement warning of the potentially dire effects of failing to conserve the environment.  Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox delivers preliminary report to the United Nations Human Rights Council

GENEVA (7 March 2013) – The United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and environment and Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox highlighted the urgent need to clarify the human rights obligations linked to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Such clarification, he said, “is necessary in order for States and others to better understand what those obligations require and ensure that they are fully met, at every level from the local to the global,” according to a press release.

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Faculty Profile: A ‘Conversation With’ Professor John Knox

Professor John Knox opened his Spring 2012 “Conversation With” with a disclaimer:  He thought his interview might seem lackluster, fresh off the law school’s recent “Conversation With” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. But listening to Knox elaborate on his impressive and extensive career, culminating in his most recent accolade, a United Nations appointment, it soon became apparent that Knox is anything but uninteresting. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox appointed as United Nations Human Rights Council’s Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox has been appointed as the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment.

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Conversation With Professor John Knox set for Tuesday, April 3

The Conversation with… Committee is pleased to announce its first event of the spring semester, “A Conversation With Professor John Knox.”  Continue reading »