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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 »

Professor John Knox quoted in Forbes about potential Alien Tort Statute effects

Within days after hearing oral arguments on whether corporations can be sued for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) last month, the U.S. Supreme Court instructed the lawyers in the case to file a new round of briefs analyzing whether federal courts could serve as a forum in which alleged violations of international law took place outside the nation’s borders. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox quoted in Legal Times regarding U.S. Supreme Court decision on human rights

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered reargument in a major challenge involving lawsuits against corporations for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute. Continue reading »

Climate Change Refugees

Friday I attended the afternoon session of the UGA International Human Rights & Climate Change conference. The conference was cut short by Athens’ own version of Snowmaggedon (which mostly melted by noon the next day). Read the full story »

British climate-change skeptic says Copenhagen treaty threatens “democracy,” “freedom”

Christopher Monckton — a British hereditary peer and high-profile skeptic of both global warming and international agreements — caused a stir on Oct. 14, 2009, with a forceful denunciation of the upcoming international talks on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark, scheduled for Dec. 7-18, 2009. Read the full story »

Labor & Environmental Implications of Free Trade Agreements: A New Paradigm?

The Wake Forest Law Review will hold its fall symposium Friday, Oct. 30, on the topic of “Labor and Environmental Protection in Free Trade Agreements: A New Paradigm?” Law Professor John Knox, who has helped organize the symposium, is an expert in the areas of international law of human rights, the environment and trade. For four years, he chaired a national advisory committee to the Environmental Protection Agency on the environmental organization created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. His coauthored book, Greening NAFTA, is about NAFTA’s effort to further free trade and environmental protection in North America. Continue reading »

Think of the children, or think of your ski trip: Two ways to tell the climate story 5

Forty-five million people go hungry or undernourished because of droughts and disasters wrought by climate change, according to a recent report by the Global Humanitarian Forum. Climate change leads to 300,000 deaths a year, the organization concludes, a toll that will reach 500,000 by 2030. Many of those who starve will be children. Of course, those numbers don’t begin to convey the human suffering that lies behind them. And so on and so forth. Read the full story »

A human rights approach to tackling climate change

Climate change poses a direct threat to a wide range of universally recognized human rights. The Poznań Climate Change Conference, from 1 to 12 December, should take into account the human rights impacts of climate change and protect the people whose lives are most adversely affected.Read the full story »