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Professor John Knox speaks on United Nations Radio on the eve of World Environment Day

Professor John Knox speaks on United Nations Radio urging states to fulfil obligations to environmental protection.

Governments around the world have been urged to ensure that people live in safe environments and that activists working on environmental issues are protected.

The call has come from John Knox, the UN independent expert on human rights and the environment on the eve of World Environment Day. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox and United Nations address safeguarding the rights of environmental defenders

The UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox, the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Human Rights Office have joined forces to develop a more systematic approach to safeguarding the rights of environmental defenders. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox to speak at Vermont Law School on July 10 about human rights and the environment

Professor John Knox will present a free lecture on Thursday, July 10: “Human Rights and the Environment: The Relationship Becomes Clearer” as part of the summer series at Vermont Law School. Knox is an internationally recognized expert on human rights law and international environmental law. In July 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed him to a three-year mandate as its first Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.  Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox, U.N. Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, quoted in Living Green Magazine article

The article, “Sharp Rise in Environmental and Land Killings as Pressure on Planet’s Resources Increases,” is published here as an excerpt from Living Green Magazine.

Urgent action is required to challenge impunity of perpetrators,protect citizens,and address root causes of environmental crisis.
Killings of people protecting the environment and rights to land increased sharply between 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies, a new report from Global Witness reveals. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox speaks about Chico Vive conference in Inter Press Service News article on April 9

Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.

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

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. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox presents mapping project to U.N. Human Rights Council on human rights obligations relating to the environment

This morning the Council held a clustered interactive dialogue with Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, John Knox, and with the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, Cephas Lumina.  Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox to present findings to U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, March 10

Professor John Knox, U.N. Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, will present his annual report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, March 10.

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Faculty News and Notes Winter 2013 – 2014

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox’s work as the U.N. Independent Expert on human rights highlighted in a New York Times blog

Two months after the murder of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old environmental worker trying to prevent egg poaching from leatherback turtle nests in Costa Rica, authorities made the first arrests on Wednesday in a series of raids in and around Limón, on the Caribbean coast. Continue reading »