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; civil liberties; and a number of pressing issues of social concern.

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. The Long Road to Sustainability, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, late 2017, is his most recent work.  He has also written over forty  academic articles.

Alexander has been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a residency at the Rockerfeller Bellagio Centre in Italy, and  the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. His most recent award was from the Franqcui Foundation in Belgium, with which he held  a professorship at Ghent University for six months during 2018/2019. 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. He has also made a number of  appearances before the Waitangi Tribunal and Select Committees of the New Zealand Parliament.

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.

The Long Road to Sustainability

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

Christchurch Terror Attack

'White supremacists still active in NZ10 Aug 2019

'Law Professor explains motive behind not guilty plea by accused gunman14 Jun 2019

'Mosque attacks accused pleads not guilty14 Jun 2019

'New Zealand mosque massacre suspect first to face country’s anti-terrorism laws8 Jun 2019

'Worries over 'power imbalance' in Christchurch terrorist attack inquiry4 Jun 2019

'Terrorism charge against mosque shooter a risk31 May 2019

'Gun dealers scope out new products after semi-automatic ban24 May 2019

'Al Gillespie: First terrorism prosecution over mosque shootings poses risks23 May 2019

'Terror charge feeds accused mosque shooter's desire for notoriety, expert says22 May 2019

'Terror charge for Christchurch shooter - legal analysis22 May 2019

'Christchurch Call: No clear target but let's salute a start to reform16 May 2019

'Opinion: 'Christchurch Call' first step in long journey to regulate online extremism14 May 2019

'Alexander Gillespie: Why Sri Lankan bombings could be linked to Christchurch, and why it's not relevant'24 April 2019

'New Zealand at the centre of global crisis if Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch shootings - expert'24 April 2019

'We need a royal commission on racism Al Gillespie'23 April 2019

'The Christchurch Killer Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg'19 April 2019

'Firearm prohibition orders must go wider than gangs'11 April 2019

'Tweaks to new gun laws.'9 April 2019

'Christchurch terror attack: Suspect linked to another far-right group in Europe.'5 April 2019

'Alexander Gillespie, Professor of Law, University of Waikato talks to @Seanplunket about the ChCh accused in court and the select committee on firearms yesterday.'5 April 2019

'Submissions to close today on firearms amendment bill'4 April 2019

'Hamilton City councillor urges Kiwis not to mourn Christchurch terror attack victims any more'31 March 2019

'Christchurch shootings: The difficult next steps'27 March 2019

'Swift action on gun law reforms'22 March 2019

'Nueva Zelanda prohibirá las armas semiautomáticas tras ataque a las mezquitas.'22 March 2019

'Why the Christchurch shooter will be charged with murder, not terrorism'20 March 2019

'New Zealand was warned a terror attack was possible'19 March 2019

'White House advisor Kellyanne Conway tells people to read alleged shooter's manifesto, against expert advice'19 March 2019

'Alexander Gillespie, Professor of international Law, University of Waikato talks with BBC - Newsday'18 March 2019

'Brenton Tarrant may escape terror charges in favour of multiple murder charges, experts suggest'18 March 2019

'Christchurch terror attack: Intelligence agencies turned blind eye to far-right extremism in NZ'18 March 2019

'NZ Prime Minister to propose gun law changes in wake of shooting'18 March 2019

'New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Promises Gun Reform After Christchurch Shooting'17 March 2019

From Aramoana to Christchurch: A Shorthand of New Zealand’s Relationship With Guns''17 March 2019

Security expert: 'I was looking under the wrong rock''16 March 2019

‘We’ve spent our time focusing upon jihadist-type groups… Kept looking under the wrong rocks’ '15 March 2019