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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 featured on CNBC, other media regarding Missouri Superfund landfill site

Professor John Knox is expected to receive a special report regarding the investigation of human rights violations against communities surrounding Republic Services’ West Lake Superfund landfill site in Bridgeton, Missouri, in his role as UN Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights and Environment Program. Read the original story here. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox warns about temperature increase at U.N. Climate Talks covered by Reuters

Professor John Knox, U.N. special rapporteur for human rights and the environment, warned in a statement on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the United Nations Climate Talks that a 2 degree temperature increase would have “a grave effect on the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including rights to life and health.” Continue reading »

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Wake Forest Law student with Nepal connections recommends three relief organizations in light of most recent earthquake

The earthquakes in Nepal are tragic on many levels, most obviously in the sheer number of people who have lost their lives and the many more who have lost their homes, says Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox, United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. News agencies have reported the death toll at more than 8,000 and rising in light of Tuesday’s second major quake. Continue reading »

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Professor John Knox tells Triad Business Journal that Kenyan activist left mark on him during United Nations work

In his role as an expert on human rights and the environment for the United Nations, Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox has traveled the world and seen firsthand the human impact of environmental change. Continue reading »

Professor John Knox tells U.N. Radio incremental increases in global warming can impact human rights

Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox tells the United Nations Radio that increases in global warming of even half of a degree Celsius impact people’s ability to enjoy their human rights. Continue reading »

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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 »

Professor John Knox to speak on climate change at Duke University on Monday, March 2

Wake Forest School of Law Professor John Knox will be featured as a panelist in the “Climate Change, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice: Which Ways Forward?” discussion at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. The panel will be hosted by the Duke Human Rights Center from 4:30-6 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in the 101 West Duke Building. The event is free and open to the public.

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Professor John Knox quoted in GlobalVoices: ‘Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?’

Professor John Knox was quoted in the GlobalVoices article, “Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?,” that discusses powerful economic interests versus the marginalized in society.

Knox is an internationally recognized expert on human rights law and environmental law and is currently serving a three-year mandate as the United Nations Human Rights Council’s first Independent Expert on the issues of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

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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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