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 Columbia 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 seventeen books.  His most recent work is Volume IV of his Causes of War (1650-1800) series which was published in 2021 by Bloomsbury/Hart in Oxford, UK.  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. He was the recipient of a Francqui Foundation award with which he held a professorship at Ghent University, Belgium, for six months during 2018/2019. In 2021 he was the joint winner of the Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

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.

Public Speaking

Alexander is available for public talks. Although there is a speaker’s fee, 100 per-cent of this fee is donated to charity. The charities that Alexander supports are Women’s Refuge; the Salvation Army; any local Hospice; and Youthline. It is up to the group that Alexander addresses, to decide which of the four charities they shall donate the speaker’s fee.

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 Causes of War: Vol 01 

The Causes of War: Vol 02

The Causes of War: Vol 03

The Causes of War: Vol 04

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

The Illusion of Progress

2021 Media Appearances

'Taiwan is becoming a flashpoint for China and the West – how does New Zealand respond?' 12 October 2021

'The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and David Cormack (Part 1)' 8 October 2021

'Putting Aotearoa on the map: New Zealand has changed its name before, why not again?' 6 October 2021

'NZ espionage trial, could be diplomatic ramifications if a country involved' 27 September 2021

'With the AUKUS alliance confronting China, New Zealand should ramp up its anti-nuclear diplomacy' 27 September 2021

'Andrew Little: 'Targeted threat' made against Black Caps' 18 September 2021

'9/11 anniversary: Twenty years on, is al-Qaeda on the verge of a resurgence?' 11 September 2021

'LynnMall terror attack: New Zealand should have got rid of terrorist much sooner - law expert' 6 September 2021

'Could more have been done to prevent LynnMall terror attack?’?' 5 September 2021

'Auckland mall terror attack: Law professor Alexander Gillespie says there was a gap in our anti-terror laws ' 4 September 2021

'New Zealand needs to go beyond fast-tracking counter-terrorism laws to reduce the risk of future attacks'' 4 September 2021

'Terrorist 'wanted attack to encourage Muslims to radicalise' - expert'' 3 September 2021

'Law Professor: Could be possible to pass laws making it legal to discriminate against those who refuse the jab ON AIR’?' 1 September 2021

'Collins blames Parliament standoff on Ardern: 'It's her call'' 1 September 2021

'What are the limits of dissent as NZ locks down, vaccinates and prepares to ‘open up’?' 31 August 2021

'Government urged to lobby for safe passage of those wanting to flee Afghanistan' 29 August 2021

'The Panel with Paula Penfold and Dean Hall (Part 1)' 25 August 2021

'Taliban searching for people who worked for NZ, interpreter says' 23 August 2021

'As the Taliban’s grip on Afghanistan tightens, New Zealand must commit to taking more refugees' 20 August 2021

'The Panel with Ella Henry and Conor English (Part 1)' 16 August 2021

'After the last ‘summer of terrible drugs’ it’s time to make NZ’s temporary drug checking law permanent' 13 August 2021

'New Zealand 'deeply concerned' by developments in Hong Kong, not discussing resuming extradition treaty year on from suspension' 29 July 2021

'Laying charges against Suhayra Aden would be unfair, counter-terrorism expert says' 27 July 2021

‘Police are investigating Suhayra Aden, woman allegedly linked to Islamic State, being sent to New Zealand' 26 July 2021

‘NZ stands with partners to censure China on cyberattacks' 20 July 2021

‘Hopes something 'significant' will come from APEC meeting chaired by Jacinda Ardern' 16 July 2021

‘What New Zealand should win from its trade agreement with post-Brexit Britain' 7 July 2021

‘Kaseya ransomware attack hits New Zealand kindergartens' 5 July 2021

‘Officials try to track 14,000 people to bill them for managed isolation fees' 1 July 2021

‘Hung jury in Arthur Allan Thomas' historical indecent assault, rape trial' 28 June 2021

‘Kiwi wars: the golden fruit fuelling a feud between New Zealand and China' 18 June 2021

‘The COVID-19 lab leak theory highlights a glaring lack of global biosecurity regulation' 10 June 2021

‘Mfat ignored advice weapons systems could be used in war-torn Yemen' 3 June 2021

‘Five Eyes: why New Zealand wants to go its own, quieter way on China' 1 June 2021

‘Jacinda Ardern, Scott Morrison meeting showed trans-Tasman relationship strong despite speculation - experts' 1 June 2021

‘Ardern, Morrison present united front in Queenstown' 31 May 2021

'‘Twin challenges of China and trans-Tasman migration loom over Scott Morrison’s New Zealand visit' 28 May 2021

'The Panel with Penny Ashton and Peter Dunne (Part 2)' 27 May 2021

'3 practical ways New Zealand could help with the Israel-Palestine conflict from afar' 25 May 2021

'‘A matter of time’: New Zealand’s foreign minister warns China ‘storm’ could be coming' 24 May 2021

'Warning 'thousands' could die in Israel and Gaza as experts say conflict reaches 'political dead end' 14 May 2021

'Govt right to target gangs with firearms bans, but is it overshooting?' 12 May 2021

'Why NZ’s public sector wage freeze ignores the lessons of history' 11 May 2021

'China currently 'very happy' with New Zealand - international law expert' 9 May 2021

'Al Gillespie - China and its treatment of Uyghurs 9 May 2021

'New Zealand 'shadow boxes' over Xinjiang amid pressure to speak up' 7 May 2021

'Greens, Labour undecided over Act's Uyghur motion calling for declaration of 'genocide' in Xinjiang, China' 3 May 2021

'Law professor says trans-Tasman bubble loophole is a problem for Australia 26 April 2021

'The Weekend Panel with Heather Roy and Al Gillespie' 25 April 2021

'Trans-tasman neighbours: A look at the friendly bond and occasional feud between New Zealand and Australia" 23 April 2021

'The Panel with Sally Wenley and Pax Asadi (Part 1)" 23 April 2021

'Cracks Emerge in U.S.-Led Intelligence Pact Over China Approach" 22 April 2021

'Without evidence of real progress, NZ’s foreign policy towards China looks increasingly empty' 19 April 2021

'Waikato firm Gallagher scored Five Eyes contracts because it kept manufacturing out of China' 12 April 2021

'Human rights advocates concerned after MFAT gave green light to military exports to countries on UN blacklist" 12 April 2021

'Why not UK and United States? Green MP Golriz Ghahraman questions if 'race is a factor' in India travel ban)" 9 April 2021

'The Panel with Moata Tamaira and Ben Thomas (Part 1)" 9 April 2021


'MFAT approved military equipment export permits to UAE Land Forces" 8 April 2021

'Security Intelligence Service: 'Realistic possibility' Covid-19 could lead to greater terror threat" 1 April 2021

'MFAT approved military equipment export permits to UAE Land Forces" 30 March 2021

''Risks Myanmar might 'get much, much worse' says law professor" 29 March 2021

'SIS's more open approach makes risk appraisal easier - professor" 28 March 2021

'The Panel with Paula Penfold and Garry Moore (Part 1)" 26 March 2021

"What to do when an alleged Kiwi 'Isis bride' wants to come home" 20 March 2021

''Christchurch mosque attacks: How the media covered one of New Zealand's darkest days" 15 March 2021

'Two years on from the Christchurch terror attack, how much has really changed?" 15 March 2021

''The Disappeared Uyghur New Zealanders terrified for missing loved ones in Xinjiang, China.'" 14 March 2021

'Covid 19 coronavirus: One third pay MIQ bills, $20 million still unpaid" 11 March 2021

''The Panel with Kathryn Burnett and Conor English (Part 1)'" 11 March 2021

''Lots of law, not enough order — the government must be clearer about dealing with COVID rule-breakers'" 3 March 2021

''International Law expert: Morrison acting politically, in 'bad faith' in Suhayra Aden case'" 21 February 2021

''Law expert praises New Zealand Government's handling of woman set to be deported from Turkey'" 21 February 2021

'NZ woman set to be deported from Turkey'" 20 February 2021

'The crisis in Yemen demands an independent review of NZ’s military links with Saudi Arabia'" 19 February 2021

''Abject failure': New Zealand's involvement in Afghanistan War questioned'" 18 February 2021

'Should our borders be completely closed?'" 16 February 2021

'Three New Zealand citizens detained trying to enter Turkey, ministry says'" 16 February 2021

'MFAT granted permits for military exports to Saudi Arabia'" 15 February 2021

'Al Gillespie on rising tensions between the US and China'" 14 February 2021

'New Zealand sanctions on Myanmar: Will they work?'" 10 February 2021

'Trump's impeachment trial begins'" 10 February 2021

'Questions raised over Air NZ's work with other militaries involved in Yemen war'" 10 February 2021

'Uyghurs the casualty in NZ's trading partnership with China'" 9 February 2021

'Professor on Air NZ Saudi military revelations'" 9 February 2021

'Myanmar coup: New Zealand community 'devastated' and anxious'" 3 February 2021

'Could New Zealand serve as an ‘honest broker’ to repair ties between China and the West?'" 2 February 2021

'Coup in Myanmar: The latest developments" 2 February 2021

'Calls for Government to step in as Māori wards issue heats up" 19 January 2021

'What’s at stake for NZ in Australia’s case against China at the World Trade Organisation?" 13 January 2021

'Angry Trump still has finger on nuclear button'" 13 January 2021

''Trump 'unlikely' to get the boot - International law expert'" 8 January 2021

'Heightened terrorist threat if America doesn't unite, warns Waikato international law expert'" 7 January 2021

'Waikeria inmates' protest: a symptom of a much larger problem'" 6 January 2021

'Why Aotearoa New Zealand’s early Polynesian settlement should be recognised with World Heritage Site status'" 4 January 2021