Environment and Human Rights Advisory
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Providing human rights information
and analysis services to private firms, government
agencies and environmental organizations
Using human rights to protect people and their planet.
Seeking justice today for future generations.
Empowering communities to protect their health and the environment.
Addressing human rights impacts on local communities.

Current Project


The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has scheduled a Session on hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional fossil fuel extraction processes with hearings scheduled for March of 2017 in the United States and in the United Kingdom.  Learn more here.


Environment and Human Rights Advisory is a non-profit corporation chartered in the state of Oregon. Its work is to provide information and analysis services nationally and internationally to government agencies, private firms and environmental organizations regarding the human rights dimensions of their work.

We provide formal, thoroughly researched Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) to environmental organizations, government agencies and private firms upon request. One recent project was serving on the Drafting Group for the GNHRE Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Our largest current project is serving on the Steering Group for the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Fracking.

We also collect and publish personal narratives of those who have been directly impacted by adverse environmental events or conditions.

Please contact us for further information.

Thomas Kerns, PhD – Executive Director

Dr. Thomas Kerns, PhDThomas Kerns, emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Seattle Community College has taught online courses in Bioethics, Ways of Knowing and Environment and Human Rights.

Dr Kerns is author of Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights (McFarland, 2001), has lectured at World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva and served as commissioner on the New Zealand People’s Inquiry into Aerial Pesticide Sprays Over Auckland (2006).

Tom is also a Board member of Beyond Toxics.