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The Graduate Institute: Biodiversity and Human Rights

07/03/2017 - 12:30 - 13:30

CIES Policy Briefing at the Graduate Institute

Professor Knox, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, will describe his most recent report to the Human Rights Council, which explains the importance of ecosystem services and biodiversity for the full enjoyment of human rights and outlines the application of human rights obligations to biodiversity-related actions.

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 U.S. Department of State, where he participated in the negotiation of the United Nations 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  From 2008 to 2012, he was Special Counsel to the Center for International Environmental Law and provided pro bono advice to the Government of the Maldives on climate change and human rights.  He is on the Board of Trustees of the Universal Rights Group.

Moderator: Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor in International Law, Graduate Institute.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Department of International Law.


Auditorium A2, Maison de la Paix, Geneva