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[Webinar] Water and armed conflicts

16 October 2018 -


Event description

The Platform for International Water Law of the Geneva Water Hub (GWH) and DiploFoundation are pleased to invite you to a webinar on ‘Water and armed conflicts’. This event is being organised within the framework of the Distance Learning Course on ‘International Water Law & The Law of Transboundary Aquifers’ delivered through the Continuing Education and e-Learning Centre of the University of Geneva. 

The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace in its report ‘A Matter of Survival’ recommended establishing a List of water-related infrastructures as well as the creation of an independent international body mandated to gather information about the destruction and cuts to water supplies as well as to foster technical assistance during protracted armed conflicts

The Geneva Water Hub, acting as the Secretariat of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, together with other partners including universities, international organisations and non-governmental organisations, is conducting research to develop a List of principles related to the protection of water infrastructures in relation to armed conflicts. This List will identify principles and rules of IHL, human rights law and international water law that must be respected during and after armed conflicts to ensure an adequate protection of water infrastructures. The analysis of the interplay between the different areas of international law is often neglected in current studies whereas international humanitarian law, human rights law and international water law can contribute together to ensuring access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in times of armed conflicts and in post-conflict situations.


When: Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 13:00 CEST (11:00 UTC)



Mr François Münger – Director of the Geneva Water Hub.  

Overview on the implementation of the recommendations of the GHLPWP.


Dr Mara Tignino – Reader and Coordinator of the Platform for International Water Law/Geneva Water Hub, Faculty of Law and Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva.

Strengthening the Protection of Water during Armed Conflicts: The List of Principles related to the protection of water-related infrastructures in relation to armed conflicts.


13:30-14:00 – Q & A



Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila (Interim Head of DiploFoundation and Digital Policy Director)