The Past, Present, and Future of Human Rights and the Environment

17 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019

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John H. Knox

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2018


Rights-based approaches to environmental protection have been recognized for fifty years, but only in the last decade have they begun to move from the periphery to the center of environmental policy. This article provides an overview of our past, present, and future understanding of human rights and the environment, in order to introduce a symposium on human rights and the environment held at Wake Forest University in April 2018. The articles in this symposium issue address the relationship between the Convention on Biological Diversity and human rights (Elisa Morgera), indigenous rights and climate change (Alexander Pearl), discriminatory patterns of enforcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (Logan Judy), and the judicial interpretation of rights of nature by constitutional courts (Erin Daly).

Keywords: human rights, environment

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Knox, John H., The Past, Present, and Future of Human Rights and the Environment (December 1, 2018). Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2018, Available at SSRN:

John H. Knox (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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