United Nations Human Rights Council

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Professor John Knox gives annual report to U.N. Council on Human Rights

Professor John Knox, as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights and the environment, is featured in the release, “Human Rights Council hears presentation of thematic reports by the secretary-general and by the High Commissioner and his Office,” published on March 9, 2017.

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Audrey Koncsol (JD ’18) attends 34th session of U.N. Human Rights Council over spring break

Audrey Koncsol (JD ’18), a summer and academic year research assistant to Professor John Knox, is traveling with him to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais de Nations, headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Professor John Knox urges global governments to protect rare plants, animals

Professor John Knox is quoted in the following story, “UN rights experts urge global governments to protect rare plants and animals,” written by Akira Tomlinson and published on the Jurist website on March 1, 2017.

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Professor John Knox tells Reuters that Paris negotiations must ensure climate change actions meet human rights obligations

Professor John Knox, who is in Paris attending the climate talks as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, tells Reuters negotiations must ensure climate change actions meet human rights obligations. Read the original story here. Continue reading »
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Professor John Knox tells the Wall Street Journal steps taken before Brazilian dam burst were insufficient

Professor John Knox was quoted in a story written by the Wall Street Journal “Brazil: Will Take Months to Study Damage Left by Burst Dam,” on Nov. 25, 2015. The original story can be found here.

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Professor John Knox co-writes story on environmental democracy being an essential right for the 21st century for Thomson Reuters

 Wake Forest’s Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law John Knox, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, co-wrote the following article with Manish Bapna, executive vice president and managing director at the World Resources Institute, which appeared here on May 21, 2015.
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Professor John Knox named first United Nations Human Right Council special rapporteur on human rights and the environment

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox has been named the first special rapporteur on human rights and the environment to the United Nations. Knox has served as the first Independent Expert on human rights and the environment to the United Nations since 2012.  Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox says international community must do more to protect environmentalists from violence

Professor John Knox tells GlobalWarmingIsReal.com that the international community must do more to protect environmentalists in the article “The Slaughter of Innocents: Our Complicity in the Murder of Environmentalists” published on Thursday, Jan. 8th:

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Professor John Knox makes first fact-finding visit to France as U.N. Independent Expert on human rights, environment

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