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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

2020 Media Appearances

'The three most important laws in New Zealand right now' 3 April 2020

'Christchurch terrorist faces life in prison' 27 March 2020

'Coronavirus: New laws give Government more powers than during both world wars' 24 March 2020

'What alert level increase means for Government powers' 24 March 2020

'As NZ goes into lockdown, authorities have new powers to make sure people obey the rules' 24 March 2020

'Covid 19 and law' 22 March 2020

'Law and policy during Covid outbreak' 20 March 2020

'Law expert talks about why NZ hasn't declared an emergency' 16 March 2020

'Amenaza de supremacismo en N.Zelanda sigue latente un año después de atentado' 15 March 2020

'Se cumple un año del atentado terrorista contra musulmanes en N. Zelanda' 15 March 2020

'En Nouvelle-Zélande, les radicaux d’extrême droite tapis dans l’ombre un an après Christchurch' 14 March 2020

'Gun Control Efforts Have Stalled, One Year After the Christchurch Mosque Killings' 13 March 2020

'A year after New Zealand mosque shootings, secrecy shrouds search for answers' 13 March 2020

'Professor of Law - take Shane Jones comments to court' 10 March 2020

'Alexander Gillespie: Shane Jones' views should be tested in court' 10 March 2020

'US-Taliban agreement 'major step forward' - Peters" 1 March 2020

'A year from the Christchurch terror attacks, NZ intelligence records a surge in reports" 27 February 2020

'US killing al Qaeda leader in Yemen" 10 February 2020

'Trump acquittal 'fait accompli' - professor" 7 February 2020

'Trump impeachment trial gets underway in the US' 22 January 2020

'Christchurch mosque shootings: Muslim leader questions accused's access to report' 20 January 2020

'Into the Fire: Boris Johnson's Call For New 'Iran Deal' Show UK Deep in 'Washington's Camp' - Prof' 19 January 2020

'Paths to victory: How Simon Bridges could become PM, and what might keep Jacinda Ardern in power' 17 January 2020

'Explained: Impact on NZ farmers as China doubles agricultural trade with US' 16 January 2020

'Donald Trump appeals to Iranian protesters with tweets in Farsi'' 13 January 2020

'Al Gillespie: 'New Zealand should withdraw troops from Iraq'' 9 January 2020

'If you want a war, we'll give you a war' - NZ faces tough decisions as Iran calls Trump's bluff, expert says' 8 January 2020

'Iran 'completely called Trump's bluff' - international expert?' 8 January 2020

'Iran rocket attacks on US bases: What are Trump's options now?' 8 January 2020

'Fears for safety of NZ troops amid rising Iran-US hostility' 6 January 2020