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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.

Professor Alexander Gillespie is the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy. Professor Gillespie is also the legal and policy advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Department of Conservation and provides commissioned work for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

He has written over thirty articles that have been published in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Al has published eight books; the latest book is "The Illusion of Progress; Unsustainable Development in International Law".He has been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockerfeller Fellowship and a number of smaller domestic awards. In 2004 Al was awarded the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. Al is also the New Zealand lawyer/expert on a number of international delegations.

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law Professor Alexander Gillespie was at the forefront of the New Zealand effort at the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee in Christchurch, in June/July. The conference, was one of the biggest events of its type ever hosted in New Zealand, drawing over 700 people who discussed, among other issues, the conservation of Jerusalem, the Sydney Opera house, the Galapagos and the Tower of London. About 50 countries were represented. Professor Alexander Gillespie's involvement was related to his appointment as Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy. Visit http://whc.unesco.org/en/185/

Media Appearances

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

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

Read NZ Herald articles by Al Gillespie.

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Contact Details

Email: azg@waikato.ac.nz
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