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The United Nations Mandate on Human Rights and The Environment

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30

Khalili Lecture Theatre, Russell Square: College Buildings
Prof. John H. Knox

John H. Knox is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina. In 2012, the UN Human Rights Council appointed him to be the first UN Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, and in 2015, it renewed his mandate for three years and changed his title to Special Rapporteur. Professor Knox received his law degree with honors from Stanford Law School in 1987. From 1988 to 1994, he served as an attorney-adviser at the US Department of State, where he participated in the negotiation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. Between 1999 and 2005, he chaired a national advisory committee to the US Environmental Protection Agency. From 2008 to 2012, he was Special Counsel to the Center for International Environmental Law. He has published widely in the fields of human rights law and international environmental law.

Abstract: In 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed John Knox to a three-year term as its first Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, with a mandate to clarify the application of human rights law to environmental issues. On the basis of regional consultations around the world and a comprehensive review of the decisions of human rights bodies, Knox issued a series of reports identifying procedural and substantive human rights obligations relating to the environment. In 2015, the Council extended his mandate for another three years, changed his title to Special Rapporteur, and requested that he promote implementation of the obligations. Knox is currently preparing his final report to the Council, which will set out guiding principles on the relationship of human rights and the environment.

All Welcome for the lecture and subsequent reception but registration required at ledc@soas.ac.uk