Report of the Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment: Preliminary Report

United Nations Human Rights Council, A/HRC/22/43, 24 December 2012

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John H. Knox

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: December 24, 2012

Abstract

The first report of the Independent Expert is intended to place the mandate in a historical context, present some of the outstanding issues relevant to the relationship between human rights and the environment and describe the current and planned programme of activities. The Independent Expert notes that the relationship between human rights and the environment has been the subject of serious, sustained attention in many different forums. Although some fundamental aspects of the relationship are now firmly established, the Independent Expert explains that many issues related to the obligations that human rights law imposes regarding environmental protection need greater study and clarification. Therefore, the first priority of his mandate is to provide greater conceptual clarity to the application of human rights obligations related to the environment. He intends to take an evidence-based approach to determining the nature, scope and content of these obligations. To inform his work, the Independent Expert will actively consult and seek input from a wide spectrum of relevant stakeholders.

Keywords: human rights, environment, United Nations, Human Rights Council

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Knox, John H., Report of the Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment: Preliminary Report (December 24, 2012). United Nations Human Rights Council, A/HRC/22/43, 24 December 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2506175

John H. Knox (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

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Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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