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, Comparative and Contextual Perspectives. (Edward Elgar, London, 2015); International Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics. (OUP, Second edition, 2015); and the Causes of War: Volume II (1000-1400) and Volume III (1400-1650), both published by Bloomsbury, NYC, 2017.  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.

Books Available

Below are some of Professor Alexander Gillespie's books that have been published.  Click on the image or the book title to get the book description and some reviews. These books can be purchased from Amazon.

History of the Laws of War: Vol 01

History of the Laws of War: Vol 02

History of the Laws of War: Vol 03

The Illusion of Progress

The Causes of War: Vol 01 

The Causes of War: Vol 02

Burning Issues

Protected Areas and
International Environmental Law

International, Environmental Law,
Policy, & Ethics

Conservation, Biodiversity
and International Law
Whaling Diplomacy
Whaling Diplomacy 

Waste Policy
The Future of Cetaceans in a Changing World cover
The Future of Cetaceans in a Changing World.

Climate Change in the South Pacific
Climate Change in the South Pacific:


Media Appearances


Radio New Zealand: "Manchester bombing "likely to be ISIS"" 23 May 2017

Stuff: "NZ's tyre mountains keep growing in the absence of recycling scheme" 20 May 2017

Radio Live: "Trump trials and tribulations" 18 May 2017

One News: "The Chinese are very angry at the moment' - China looking less likely to intervene in North Korea standoff" 1 May 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: Tougher sanctions and talks should be tried first" 26 April 2017

Radio Live: "US missile attack on Syrian airfield" 7 April 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: The real problem for Donald Trump is what to do next after Syria Attack" 7 April 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: 'Hit & Run' hard to believe but warrants an inquiry" 1 April 2017

One News: "Bill English continues to back Defence Force over SAS claims, refuses to launch inquiry" 27 March 2017

RNZ National: "US refusal to waive diplomat's immunity 'surprising'" 18 March 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: Let's not drop ball in push for global sustainability" 13 March 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Professor Al Gillespie: US travel ban mk2" 7 March 2017

One News: "'The levels of protest in San Francisco were unprecedented... everyone's angry'" 20 February 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: Countdown to doom" 7 February 2017

RNZ National: "The end of the TPP marks the beginning of new bilateral talks" 25 January 2017

NewstalkZB: "Al Gillespie: Impeachment calls already for President Trump" 23 January 2017

'Hotpsots' - Talks with Ryan Bridges

Radio New Zealand: "Flashpoints with Professor Al Gillespie: India, Pakistan and Afghanistan" 7 May 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Flashpoints with Professor Al Gillespie: Russia, Ukraine, and the Balkans" 30 April 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Flashpoints: Professor Al Gillespie explains North Korea" 25 April 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Flashpoints: Ryan and Professor Al Gillespie discuss Syria" 9 April 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Professor Al Gillespie on this week's 'Hit and Run' allegations" 26 March 2017

Radio New Zealand: "One month into Trump's Presidency - Al Gillespie has returned from the US" 17 February 2017


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