Independent Expert John H. Knox speaks to World Radio Switzerland’s Vincent Landon about the use of human rights laws in addressing environmental problems, a practice that is becoming more prevalent. Listen to the full interview via the link below.
Prof. John H. Knox comments on the impact of the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. decision on Alien Tort Statute cases. The ruling, which held that foreigners may not bring lawsuits in the United States against corporations for human rights violations occurring overseas, will have a major impact on ATS law.
The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School lauds the presentation of the Independent Expert to the Human Rights Council, calling it a major “advance” in the discourse on the nexus between human rights in the environment.
Eight UN experts, one message: “Progress and equality must go hand-in-hand with cooperation for water”
Environment and human rights: the link is there, and so is the States’ obligation to protect them – UN expert
GENEVA (7 March 2013) – In presenting his report to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and environment, John Knox, highlighted the urgent need to clarify the human rights obligations linked to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
The Independent Expert releases his first report to the Human Rights Council on the human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
United Nations Independent Expert John Knox explains the connection between human rights obligations and the right to a healthy environment in a video that can be seen here, courtesy of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.
NAIROBI (19 February 2013) – The United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, urged world governments to take into account human rights laws in designing and developing environmental governance. Prof. Knox reminded a global gathering of environmental Ministers and high level officials in Nairobi that “environmental harm can infringe the enjoyment of human rights.”
In his speech on 18 February 2013 to the UNEP Ministerial Plenary, Independent Expert John H. Knox addresses the importance of the relationship between human rights and a healthy environment, stressing that the follow-up to Rio+20 provides a critical opportunity to incorporate human rights considerations in environmental governance and policies as sustainable development measures are adopted.