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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. 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

Media Appearances

'Alexander Gillespie: Jacinda Ardern and the Nobel Peace Prize'30 September 2019

'The climate revolution is coming to NZ - albeit slowly'18 September 2019

'Fuel prices set to rise in New Zealand after Saudi attacks'16 September 2019

'How New Zealand could act as a broker between Australia and Iran for return of detained academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert'16 September 2019

'Christchurch shootings, six months on: 'You'll never be able to go back to March 14'15 September 2019

'New Zealand introduces new gun control bills six months after Christchurch massacre13 September 2019

'Climate change bill committee roadshow comes to Hamilton6 September 2019

'International law expert on the kiwi jihadi in Turkey'3 September 2019

'The Kiwi Jihadi'3 September 2019

'Why Macron's Idea to Invite Zarif to G7 Was a 'Unique Step', But It's Unlikely to Bring Any Results'26 August 2019

'Professor Al Gillespie: 'Incentives needed to restrict Brazilian deforestation'25 August 2019

'India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir ramp up15 August 2019

'Corrections admits second prisoner was able to send hateful letters15 August 2019

'China deploys huge military convoy to Shenzhen, near Hong Kong13 August 2019

'US unlikely to honour NZ suppression orders - expert11 August 2019

'We could be about to see another Tiananmen Square'11 August 2019

'Alexander Gillespie: Nuclear weapons control at point of collapse9 August 2019

'War with Iran 'now more likely than not' - expert21 July 2019

'Alexander Gillespie: NZ invited to join US conflict with Iran12 July 2019

'How NZ media plan to report the news but block the propaganda28 Jun 2019

'Professor Al Gillespie on Iran US tensions27 Jun 2019

'US releases photos to bolster claim Iran attacked tankers18 Jun 2019

'Troop withdrawal from Iraq'10 June 2019

'MPs Mark Mitchell and Golriz Ghahraman at odds over withdrawing New Zealand troops from Iraq'17 May 2019

'How to end Afghanistan war as longest conflict moves towards fragile peace'14 May 2019

'Go-Fund-Me campaign to build a border wall'14 May 2019

'Alexander Gillespie: New Zealand's drug policy revolution'6 May 2019

'Prof. Doubts China Would Like Trump's 'Grand Nuclear Deal' Proposal'27 April 2019

'Nearly 300 dead in Sri Lanka bombings'23 April 2019

'Rift between NZ government and aid agency over naming of nurse captured by ISIS'23 April 2019

'NZ accuses International Red Cross of further endangering IS captive'16 April 2019

'Govt right to not pay ransoms - law expert'16 April 2019

'Kiwi nurse kidnapped by Islamic State'15 April 2019

'Julian Assange charged with conspiracy'12 April 2019

'Julian Assange will be extradited - law expert'12 April 2019

'Alexander Gillespie, Professor of Law, University of Waikato talking about Julian Assange '12 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

'Al Gillespie, Professor of Law at Waikato University with Sean Plunket on Magic Talk.'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

Alexander Gillespie, Professor of international Law, University of Waikato talks Brexit with Sean Plunket on Magic Talk'13 March 2019

Kiwi jihadi Mark Taylor not so 'bumbling' - law expert5 March 2019

Al Gillespie - Viewpoint 'Mark Taylor Kiwi Jihadi'5 March 2019

Al Gillespie: Conflict on the India/Pakistan border and Michael Cohen testimony3 March 2019

Litany of breakdown on North Korea's nukes28 February 2019

Al Gillespie - Viewpoint28 February 2019

Fate of IS fighters and their wives19 February 2019

Calling home: Alexander Gillespie10 February 2019

INF: Both sides could show good faith towards each other and they need to take a step back - expert30 January 2019

Big medal win for law professor23 January 2019

Another year of living dangerously2 January 2019