United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights

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U.N. Special Rapporteur and Professor John Knox calls for recognition of the human right to a healthy environment

Over the past six years, Professor John Knox has traveled thousands of miles, journeying to places such as Madagascar, Mongolia, and Uruguay, all for the sake of an idea.

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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 among U.N. Special Rapporteurs endorsing call to halt North Dakota pipeline

Professor John Knox, a United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights and the environment and professor of international law at Wake Forest Law, has endorsed a call to halt the construction of the North Dakota oil pipeline in an article distributed by the U.N. News Centre.

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Professor John Knox quoted in New York Times article that examines United Nation’s performance on global challenges

Professor John Knox, a United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, was quoted in the New York Time article, “Examining the U.N.’s Record on Urgent Global Challenges,” published by Somini Sengupta on Sept. 19, 2016.

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Professor John Knox tells international media Latin American environmentalists are in danger

Professor John Knox, the United Nations first special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, was quoted in the following story written by Mongabay’s Rebecca Kessler on Aug. 11, 2016. The story was also picked up by Alternet here.

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Professor John Knox, as United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, finds himself in middle of Georgia landfill battle

PHOENIX, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Teamsters with the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, and Beth Roach, a community activist from Wayne County, Ga., attended Republic Services Inc.’s [NYSE: RSG] annual shareholders’ meeting in Phoenix on Friday, decrying the company’s serial mismanagement of its landfills and the lack of care and respect for affected communities. Read the original press release here.

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Professor John Knox quoted in The Washington Post about the victimization of Latin American environmentalists

Professor John Knox is quoted in the following story, “For Latin American environmentalists, death is a constant companion,” originally published in The Washington Post on March 25, 2016.

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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 »