The Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law: The duality of water


Water is key to the existence of life. From the nourishment of our physical selves, to sanitation, health, agriculture, and energy production our existence and way of life depends upon access to adequate and reliable supplies of fresh-water. 

Yet population growth, climate change, industrial and agricultural consumption, water pollution, demographic changes, and urbanisation, are contributing to a global fresh-water crisis. These stressors in turn have created a real and increasing risk of conflict not only over control of water sources, but also for equitable access to fresh-water, and through vulnerability to attacks on water systems as a weapon of war or terror. 


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