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Professor Alexander Gillespie

LLB LLM(Hons) Auckland PhD Nottingham

Professor Alexander Gillespie

Professor Alexander Gillespie obtained his LLB and LLM degrees with Honours from The University of Auckland. He did his PhD at Nottingham and post-doctoral studies at Colombia University in New York City. His areas of scholarship pertain to international and comparative environmental law; the laws of war; and a number of pressing issues of social concern such as drug policy; and refugees.

Alexander has published sixteen books. The latest works have been Waste Policy: International Regulation, Comparitive and Contextual Perspectives. (Edward Elgar, London, 2015); International Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics. (OUP, Second edition, 2015); and the Causes of War: 1000-1600 (Volume II, Bloomsbury, NYC, 2015). He has also written over forty academic articles.

Alexander has been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockerfeller Fellowship, and the the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. Alexander has also been the lawyer/expert on a number of international delegations and advised the New Zealand government on multiple matters of international concern. Professor Gillespie was the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy under the auspice of UNESCO. Alexander has also been engaged in policy formation for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and governmental, commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.

Media Appearances

2016

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: Clark still in the race despite early setback" 26 July 2016

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: Unpopular EU must solve big issues to regain support" 28 June 2016

NZ Herald: "No chance' of Govt paying ransom for Kiwi hostage" 23 June 2016

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: NZ war dead should come home" 13 June 2016

NZ Herald: "US battle has world at crossroads - 'The foreign policies of Clinton and Trump" 17 May 2016

NZ Herald: "Unhappy British don't see benefits union has offered - 'the Brexit and New Zealand" 3 May 2016

NZ Herald: "Staring down barrel of a gun crisis" 29 March 2016

NZ Herald: "Defence spend hangs on our Pacific role" 15 March 2016

NZ Herald: "A fair price to growers makes coffee taste a little better" 29 February 2016

NZ Herald: "The first small step towards peace in Syria" 16 February 2016

NZ Herald: "Public interest journalism under threat" 15 January 2016

Read all NZ Herald articles by Al Gillespie.


World Heritage and Telecommunications with Al Gillespie.

RTE Radio 1 "The Transatlantic Cable" 18 July 2016

Siliconrepublic "Land of saints, scholars, engineers and innovators" 18 July 2016

Irish Examiner "World Heritage status would recognise the importance of Valentia's contribution to modern communication?" 14 July 2016

RTE: RADIO 1 IRELAND "Should Valentia Island gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status?" 13 July 2016

RTE NEWS "Events to mark 150th anniversary of transatlantic cable" 13 July 2016


Listen to all Radio NZ broadcasts with Al Gillespie.


TVNZ: One News "'In his place we have 1000 Saddams': Man who toppled tyrant's statue wants it back up" 7 July 2016

NEWSHUB: Paul Henry "Govt refuses possible ransom pay for kidnapped Kiwi" 24 June 2016

RADIO: Radio Live: "'More prosecutions likely' over IS material" 24 June 2016

TVNZ: One News "Govt won't pay ransom for Kiwi kidnapped by gunmen in deadly Nigeria attack - Key" 23 June 2016

RADIO: NewstalkZB "Al Gillespie: NZ could be pulled into other countries if it continues fight against ISIS" 21 June 2016

TVNZ: One News "Warning as Government plays down South China Sea tension" 10 June 2016

TVNZ: One News "How are gangs getting military-style weapons?" 17 March 2016

NEWSHUB: Paul Henry "Calls for inquiry after flurry of gun crime" 14 March 2016

TVNZ: Breakfast "The TPP is an 'experiment with risks and benefits' - law expert" 4 February 2016

TVNZ: Breakfast "'Europe's not holding it together' – International law expert" 28 January 2016

2015

Stuff: "Agriculture must be pulled into climate-change equations" 13 December 2015

TVNZ: One News "'We have a starting point' - Climate change agreement welcomed in New Zealand." 13 December 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Japan resumes whaling" 30 November 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Japan's whaling decision draws international criticism" 30 November 2015

RADIO: Radio Live: "How serious is the shooting down by Turkey of the Russian Jet?" 25 November 2015

RADIO: Radio Live: "Alexander Gillespie: ISIS and the Middle East" 22 November 2015

Stuff: "Professor Alexander Gillespie on Paris, Isis and the Rainbow Warrior" 22 November 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Professor Al Gillespie talks about the Paris attacks and the required response" 16 November 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Professor Al Gillespie on the Paris attacks" 16 November 2015

RADIO: Radio Live: ""This will happen again until we find the root cause" Professor Al Gillespie?" 16 November 2015

TVNZ: Breakfast "Professor Al Gillespie says creating a fear of refugees was all part of the plan in the Paris terror attacks." 16 November 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "New Zealand terrorism expert on Paris attacks" 15 November 2015

RADIO: Radio Live: "Al Gilespie: What happens now after these deadly attacks?" 15 November 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Trans-Pacific Partnership" 6 November 2015

TV3: 3News "Gun expert wants full registration of firearms" 22 October 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Ninety Six percent of guns in NZ are not registered" 22 October 2015

Stuff: "Islamic State likely to have a bounty on rogue Kiwi's head" 21 October 2015

Stuff: "Dairy expansions and greenhouse gases surged since 1990 - report" 21 October 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "What a waste!" 7 October 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "The role Russia is playing in the Syrian conflict" 7 October 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "The Panel: TPP Agreed" 6 October 2015

TVNZ: Breakfast "First wave of Syrian refugees could be heading for NZ, Professor Al Gillespie says NZ quota still falls short." 8 September 2015

Waikato Times: "600 extra refugees 'only a start' for New Zealand: Waikato academic." 8 September 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "The Panel: Refugee Crisis" 7 September 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand: "Greens will still push for increased refugee quota" 7 September 2015

Radio Live: "What is a reasonable refugee quota for NZ?" James talks with Al Gillespie, Professor of Law at Waikato University. 7 September 2015

Radio Live: Professor Al Gillespie interviewed on NZ taking more refugees. 31 August 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Corporate ethics, Panel Says, Monitoring employees, Auckland house valuation halved, ... We ask Al Gillespie of the University of Waikato." 17 August 2015

TVNZ: One News "Expert says to take terror hit list with grain of salt." 14 August 2015

Radio Live: A New Zealander is on an ISIS hitlist. James talks with Prof. Al Gillespie, Professor of Law 14 August 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Professor Al Gillespie talks about The pros and cons of dropping the bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago." 6 August 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Some farmers saying the yet to be ratified free trade agreement spells disaster for dairy. Professor Al Gillespie of Waikato University explains the pitfalls." 31 July 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Auckland Councilors and board members are getting pay rises. Some don't want to accept them. But do they have a choice. Professor Al Gillespie of Waikato University explains." 31 July 2015

TVNZ: One News "Today marks the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior" 10 July 2015

RADIO: NewstalkZB "Professor Al Gillespie interviewed on Rainbow Warrior" 10 July 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Amnesty is urging New Zealand to up its refugee quota" 3 June 2015

TVNZ: Breakfast "Kiwi troops in Iraq 'could be executed' by ISIS' ahead of Kiwi troops' arrival" 27 May 2015

TVNZ: Breakfast "We're not winning the war against ISIS" 27 May 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Professor Alexander Gillespie of the University of Waikato joins the Panel" 22 May 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "We talk to Alexander Gillespie of the University of Waikato about the friction between religions and cultures" 5 May 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Waikato University law professor Alexander Gillespie said the Government had the best chance of helping save Mr de Malmanche if its started work before he was sentenced.." 30 April 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Professor Al Gillespie talks about the real threat level and where it is." 20 April 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Do New Zealand troops still need to go then? We ask International law professor Al Gillespie of the University of Waikato." 14 April 2015

TVNZ: Breakfast "Iraq 'changing by the day' ahead of Kiwi troops' arrival" 1 April 2015

TV3: 3 News "Changing face of the war against Islamic State" 27 March 2015

RADIO: Radio New Zealand "Professor Al Gillespie talks about the price of privacy" 6 March 2015

TV3: Indonesia unlikely to halt executions says Professor Al Gillespie 5 March 2015

Radio Live: GCSB director Ian Fletcher resigns for family reasons 13 Jan 2015

2014

TV1: Breakfast "ISIS fight 'closer to Vietnam' conflict" 16 October 2014

TV3: Firstline "Obama takes anti-IS plan to US leaders" 10 Septemer 2014

TV3: Paul Henry Show "Egyptians press on with Gaza truce talks" 7 August 2014

TV3: Paul Henry Show "Egyptians press on with Gaza truce talks" 7 August 2014

TVNZ: Breakfast "Another day, another ceasefire broken in Gaza" 5 August 2014

3 News "Israel's 'reckless' shelling condemned" 1 August 2014

NZ Herald: "Rapid reprisal would be disastrous" 22 July 2014

TVNZ: Breakfast "U.S Working on Gaza Ceasefire" 22 July 2014

Radio NZ: "The Panel with Linda Clark and Chris Wikaira" 21 July 2014

CNN: "Japan pushing to resume whaling" 10 June 2014

CNN: "U.N. court orders Japan to halt whale hunt" 1 Apr 2014

BBC: "Japanese whaling ruling important" 4 Apr 2014

CNN: "U.N. court orders Japan to halt whale hunt" 1 Apr 2014

TVNZ: Breakfast "Russia holds the cards over peace in Ukraine" 24 Feb 2014

TV3: "NZ Government labelled racist over Syria fighters" 11 Feb 2014

TVNZ: Breakfast "Murky rules on mercenaries" 8 Feb 2014

2013

TV3 Firstline 21 Oct 2013

Radio: NewstalkZB: Professor Al Gillespie speaks to Larry Williams about Greenpeace activists detained by Russian authorities (audio) 9 Oct 2013

TV3: Hard to negotiate with religious terrorists 1 Oct 2013

Radio: Professor Alexander Gillespie interviewed on The Panel with Jane Clifton and Joe Bennett 27 Sep 2013

Recorded Hangout: Syria in the Firing Line 13 Sep 2013

iTunes U: lecture - Syria in the Firing Line 11 Sep 2013

Radio: New twist in Syria saga 10 Sep 2013

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Email: azg@waikato.ac.nz
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