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Press Coverage of UN Independent Expert John Knox’s Mission to Costa Rica

The recent visit of United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, to Costa Rica and Panama received national and local media attention. The Independent Expert lauded Costa Rica on its history of environmental protection but urged the country to address threats to environmental defenders. “It’s not the task of social organizations, civil society or citizens to put their own lives at risk to protect the environment. These are police functions that have to be adequately carried out by the government. It’s one thing to protect turtle eggs from tourists, it’s another to protect them from poachers," Knox said. Continue reading »

Supreme Court: Justices back Royal Shell in landmark human rights case

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.

Finding Momentum: Human Rights and the Environment

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.

Protecting the environment: “Not just about environmental harm, but rights – 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.”

Earthjustice Lauds Appointment of John Knox as UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

Earthjustice celebrates the recent appointment of Professor John H. Knox as the holder of the recently created mandate of Independent Expert of Human Rights and the Environment. Yves Lador, Earthjustice’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva claims “Professor Knox’s experience and expertise will make him a valuable ally in efforts to strengthen and implement the right to a healthy environment and to understand the obligation of nations to protect and defend that right.”

CIEL Statement on Appointment of John Knox as UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

The Center for International Environmental Law embraces the appointment of John H. Knox as the Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment by the Human Rights Council. CIEL states that Professor Knox is a leading figure in the field whose longstanding experience makes him an excellent choice for this critical role.