Mr. John Knechtle

Senior Lecturer

Mr. John Knechtle has advised governments in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East in areas of constitutional law, international human rights and international environmental law. He has had the privilege of advising drafters of over twenty national constitutions.

Full Biography
Mr. John Knechtle
  • Contact Information

    John.Knechtle@sta.uwi.edu / JCKnechtle@gmail.com
    (868) 662-2002 ext. 85250

  • Academic Qualifications

    Juris Doctor, Emory University Law School, B.A. Political Science, Wheaton College.

  • Teaching Areas

    Jurisprudence
    International Trade
    Caribbean Environmental Law
    International Environmental Law
    International Human Rights
    Constitutional Law
    International Law
    First Amendment
    Comparative Constitutional Law
    Law and Religion
    International Criminal Law
    Comparative Law
    History of the Western Legal Tradition
    Law and Legal Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Full Biography

Mr John Knechtle has advised governments in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East in areas of constitutional law, international human rights and international environmental law. He has had the privilege of advising drafters of over twenty national constitutions.

Mr Knechtle is the Co-founder and Past President of the American and Caribbean Law Initiative (ACLI), a consortium of U.S. and Caribbean law schools dedicated to the development of law, legal institutions, and collaborative relationships in the Caribbean basin.

While President of the ACLI he oversaw the creation of the Caribbean Law Clinic, the bi-annual ACLI Law Conference, and the Winter Program at the Cayman Islands Law School where he co-taught week long courses with judges from several international tribunals including the Caribbean Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

In 2010, Mr Knechtle taught Public International Law at the Oxford Institute for International & Comparative Law, Oxford University, England.

In 2004 Mr Knechtle was a Fulbright Scholar and served as Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

He has served as a commentator on international and constitutional law issues for Voice of America and Jacksonville Florida’s ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS and NPR’s affiliates.

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

INTERNATIONAL LAW, lead author for casebook under contract with Carolina Academic Press for publication in 2016.

MASTERING INTERNATIONAL LAW, lead author for this treatise on international law under contract with Carolina Academic Press for publication in 2016

MASTERING FIRST AMENDMENT LAW, under contract with Carolina Academic Press for publication in 2015.

MASTERING CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, (with Chris Roederer), Carolina Academic Press, 2nd Edition 2015

LAW AND RELIGION IN JAMAICA, BRILL’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LAW AND RELIGION, 2014.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS, 3RD EDITION, co-author, LEXIS – NEXIS, 2014.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS, 3RD EDITION (co-author), Aspen Publishers, Wolters Kluwer, 2013.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW OF THE U.S. AND UZBEKISTAN, (with Khaydarali Yunosov), published in Uzbek in Uzbekistan in 2009.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD CONSTITUTIONS, Chapter on Jamaica, edited by Professor Gerhard Robbers, University of Trier, Germany, 2006.

THE MODERN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RUSSIAN, SOVIET AND EURASIAN HISTORY, Chapter on Uzbekistan’s Constitution, 2005.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CIVIL LIBERTIES, contributing author, M.E. Sharpe, 2005.

FIRST AMENDMENT LAW: CASES, COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES, AND DIALOGUES, co-author, Anderson Publishing Co., 2003.

LEGAL SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD: A POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL ENCYCLOPEDIA, chapters on Belarus (co-author), Georgia, and Ukraine (ABC-CLIO, 2002).

Law Review Articles

'Freedom of Religion in Florida’s First Constitution: The Constitution of Cadiz" forthcoming 2015.

'U.S. and Jamaica’s Freedom of Speech in Cultural Context," forthcoming 2015.

'Interpréter la Constitution Américaine: Un Objet Renouvelé de Controverses Doctrinales,’ Politeia, Revue de Droit Constitutionnel Comparé, Bordeaux, France, June 2014.

'La Cour Suprême des Etats-Unis et La Non-Discrimination - D’hier à Aujourd’hui,’ Politeia, Revue de Droit Constitutionnel Comparé, Bordeaux, France, June 2014.

'Student Speech in an Internet Era," (with R. Weaver) University of Luxembourg Law Review, Fall 2013.

'Constitutions and Irrevocable Articles," in special edition of the University of Istanbul Law Review titled, A Route Map of a New Constitution For Turkey (published in Turkish), edited by Dr. Fatih Ozturk, 2012.

'Holocaust Denial in the European Union and the Concept of Dignity," 36 FLA.ST.U.L.REV. 41 (2008).

'When to Regulate Hate Speech," 110 Penn St. L. Review 539 (2006).

'The War in Iraq: Implications for International Law," The Journal of International Law published by the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, (Fall 2004).

'The Developing Law of Libel in Central and Eastern Europe", 2 Revue Internationale de Langues Juridiques et de Droit Compare 2, at 39 (2003) (with R. Weaver).

'The Constitutional Concept of Rights", 2 Revue Internationale de Langues Juridiques et de Droit Compare 2, at 168 (2003) (with R. Weaver).

'School Uniforms versus the First Amendment: A Constitutional Analysis of Uniforms in Public Schools,", 72 Journal of Negro Education 4, at 487 (Fall 2003) (with H. Mitchell).

'Innovative Ways of Teaching International Law," Proceedings of the 97th Annual Meeting, American Society of International Law, 2003.

'If We Don’t Know What It Is, How Do We Know If It Is Established?" 41 Brandeis L.J. 521 (2003).

'One Person, One Vote" Magnified," 2 Fla. Coastal L.J. 381, Spring 2000.

'Isn’t Every Case Political? A Comparative Look at Political Questions on the Russian, German, and U.S. High Courts," 26 Review of Central and East European Law 107 (2000), Kluwer Academic Publishers.

"Constitution Drafting in the Former Soviet Union: The Kyrgyzstan and Belarus Constitutions", 12 Wis. Int'l L.J. 1, Fall 1993 (with R. Weaver).

Research Interests

Comparative Constitutional Law
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law.