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

The Causes of War: Vol 03

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:

Burning Issues

Media Appearances

Stuff: "If Trump thought 2017 was tough for investigations into his activities, next year the heat could really go on" 13 December 2017

RNZ National: "ISIS defeat: 'There will be another" 10 December 2017

NZ Herald: "OPINION: We get good and bad grades on global rankings - Alexander Gillespie" 22 November 2017

RNZ National: "Ardern, new govt tackles first international tests - analysis?" 15 November 2017

RNZ National: "What does TPP look like now?" 13 November 2017

RNZ National: "Al Gillespie: the CPTPP and why the ISDS clause is important" 12 November 2017

RNZ National: "Is the TTP an agreement yet?" 10 November 2017

RNZ National: "This is a gun situation" 7 November 2017

Stuff: "Alexander Gillespie: Searching for our own Guy Fawkes" 5 November 2017

Aljazeera: 'Don't expect war with North Korea to be gentlemanly' 3 November 2017

RNZ National: "Indictments in the US-Russia collusion case" 31 October 2017

Stuff: "Alexander Gillespie: Referendum right way to decide on cannabis, rather than political pot luck" 24 October 2017

Aljazeera: 'Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong' 23 October 2017

RNZ National: "Spy's drug habit should have raised red flag - law expert" 19 October 2017

RNZ National: "North Korean sanctions" 18 October 2017

RNZ National: "A new offensive" 17 October 2017

Aljazeera: 'What can actually trigger war on the Korean Peninsula?' 30 Septembrer 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: A nuclear test over the Pacific would not be new" 27 September 2017

RNZ National: "N.Korea war inevitable?" 20 September 2017

Aljazeera: 'War on the Korean Peninsula is not inevitable' 16 Septembrer 2017

RNZ National: "Promises promises" 12 September 2017

Stuff: "Alexander Gillespie: Bennett misses opportunity to hunt down dangerous firearms" 5 September 2017

Radio New Zealand: Should New Zeland be worried about a nuclear armed North Korea?" 4 September 2017

RNZ National: "North Korea's latest bomb test" 4 September 2017

Aljazeera: North Korea just had its sixth nuclear test. Now what? 04 September 2017

RNZ National: "North Korea fires another rocket toward Japan" 29 August 2017

Stuff: "Alexander Gillespie: We must not be on the side that throws the first punch" 18 August 2017

Aljazeera: North Korea's Guam threats can lead to 'big trouble' 15 August 2017

RNZ National: "Al Gillespie talks about Trump's fire and fury for North Korea" 9 August 2017

Aljazeera: What are Trump's options on North Korea? 04 August 2017

RNZ National: "Call for inquiry into online gun sales" 31 July 2017

RNZ National: "Al Gillespie on North Korea" 30 July 2017

NZ Herald: "Alexander Gillespie: New treaty should help to tackle international tax dodges" 28 July 2017

BBC: Valentia Island in bid for Unesco status' 26 July 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Russia, Syria and Otto Warmbier's death" 20 June 2017

One News: "I regret the damage done' - Israel returns envoy to NZ, ends rift after Bill English letter" 14 June 2017

Radio New Zealand: "Professor Al Gillespie: Qatar ostrasized" 6 June 2017

Newshub: Bill English under pressure to make climate change stand 02 June 2017

NZ Herald: Climate case: The student vs the minister 24 May 2017

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


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