John H. Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (former Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment) and Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law has been advancing his mandate. (See HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE. HERE, HERE, Here, HERE and here, here, and here).
Professor Knox has now circulated his February 2018 Newsletter, He reminds us that his work under the current mandate may be coming to an end. At the March 2018 meeting of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur will present the "Report on Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment" along with reports on the human right to a healthy environment, children's rights and the environment, and reports on country visits.
This post includes Professor Knox's 29 March Newsletter. In it Professor Knox summs up the excellent work undertaken throughout his mandate and points the way to future work on the important issue of the relationship between issues of environment, sustainability, human rights, and the respo0nsibilities of enterprises and the duties of states with respect thereto. While Professor Knox's work was welcomed by the Human Rights Council, it was a pity that the Framework Principles were not endorsed. More work for another day and perhaps another mandate holder.
I wish to extend a warm congratulations to Professor Knox for the extraordinary work he was able to undertake during the course of his mandate. He has moved the project of environment, sustainability and human rights along well beyond the expectations of many in a thoughtful and useful way. For that, for his incisive analysis, for his vision and for the path he has opened for us to follow, we are all in his debt.
The March Newsletter follows.