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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 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
People Power and Law book cover 
People, Power and Law
Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Air Pollution
Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Air Pollution

2022 Media Appearances

Pacific a priority as Mahuta meets Oz foreign minister 16 June 2022

China's Pacific charm offensive leaves Western leaders worried despite lack of region-wide security pact 5 June 2022

Ukraine invasion: Why NZ has 'a lot of skin in the game' when it comes to the result of the Russia conflict 4 June 2022

To meet the Chinese challenge in the Pacific, NZ needs to put its money where its mouth is 3 June 2022

Ukraine invasion: Russia's surprisingly poor military showing could inspire Taiwan against China - Alexander Gillespie 29 May 2022

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta hasn't 'directly' contacted NZ ambassador in Russia 24 May 2022

NZDF's Ukraine mission timed well with PM's US visit - expert 24 May 2022

Jacinda Ardern's face-to-face with Joe Biden is 'critical' - analyst 23 May 2022

Kiwis in Australia could face easier path to citizenship after Labor win 23 May 2022

Sanctions shambles: ANZ declines skilled Iranian migrants a credit card 20 May 2022

Russia’s blockade could cause mass famine beyond Ukraine – but it’s a crime without a name 20 May 2022

What happens if Russia loses in Ukraine? 8 May 2022

With the UN powerless, the greatest danger now may be Russia beginning to lose in Ukraine 6 May 2022

Al Gillespie on the threat of nuclear war in Ukraine 1 May 2022

Covid-19: Inevitable that MIQ lottery would 'operate unjustly', High Court rules 27 April 2022

Why the war in Ukraine is pushing the Doomsday Clock’s hands closer to midnight 22 April 2022

MIQ not justified beyond November, health officials told govt last year 19 April 2022

A "battle for the Donbas" is underway 19 April 2022

Russian ambassador continues refusing 'futile' briefings’ 11 April 2022

Russia bans Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern from entering country’ 8 April 2022

Beyond tougher trade sanctions: 3 more ways NZ can add to global pressure on Russia’ 7 April 2022

Biden entering 'murky area' on challenge to overthrow Putin - NZ academic’ 27 March 2022

The parliament occupation is over – now New Zealand needs new laws to protect the ‘epicentre of its democracy’ 23 March 2022

Beyond sanctions: 5 more ways New Zealand can help support Ukraine and punish Russia 17 March 2022

Harder stance urged on Kiwis wanting to fight Russia 9 March 2022

How will NZ’s law targeting sanctions against Russia work – and what are the risks? 7 March 2022

Al Gillespie: Putin is completely unpredictable with how he's behaving 6 March 2022

New Zealand's richest Russian investor in the spotlight after invasion 4 March 2022

Law changes needed to sanction Russia, says international law expert 1 March 2022

Ukraine crisis: how do small states like New Zealand respond in an increasingly lawless world? 1 March 2022

Ukrainians in New Zealand urging stronger action from Government in response to Russia 28 February 2022

NZ response to Ukraine invasion must remain strong - Professor 28 February 2022

Professor Al Gillespie on the situation in Ukraine 27 February 2022

Ukraine invasion: International relations experts discuss 25 February 2022

New Zealand not immune as Russian invasion heralds 'lawless world' - professor 25 February 2022

How the presence of children at the Parliament occupation complicates everything 23 February 2022

The Panel with Andrew Hoggard and Anna Dean (Part 1) 22 February 2022

Plans to erect Parliamentary fence, as protest lingers 20 February 2022

Waikato law professor says hate speech from protesters should not be tolerated 18 February 2022

Covid-19: $38.7m in overdue MIQ bills still sought 12 February 2022

The Panel with Mai Chen and Selwyn Manning (part 1) 11 February 2022

Al Gillespie: Police have the right to clear off protesters 10 February 2022

The Panel with Mihingarangi Forbes and Chris Finlayson (Part 1) 1 February 2022

The Weekend Panel with Janet Wilson and Al Gillespie 30 January 2022

The Panel with Sue Bradford and Ben Thomas (Part 2) 26 January 2022

Ukrainians in New Zealand call for government to put political pressure on Russia 25 January 2022