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;  and a number of pressing issues of social concern such as drug policy; and refugees.

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, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockerfeller Fellowship, and  the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. His most recent award is from the Franqcui Foundation in Belgium, with which he will hold a professorship at Ghent University for six months during 2018. 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.

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

Are we putting the Five Eyes club above our principles?18 September 2018

Russian troops sweep across Siberia in war games with China amid tensions with US12 September 2018

War games a show of force by Putin, says expert11 September 2018

Manning leaked info to break secrecy and privacy governments work under3 September 2018

The debate rumbles on: should Chelsea Manning be allowed to come here?31 August 2018

Will Australia take up NZ's refugee offer now?26 August 2018

Opinion: How does chaos in Washington affect New Zealand?25 August 2018

Medicinal cannabis drugs should be in doctors' toolbox24 August 2018

Trump: legal worries and China tariffs23 August 2018

White farm seizures in SA23 August 2018

Turkey in turmoil15 August 2018

Can we phase out plastic bags in just one year?10 August 2018

NZ police monitoring developments around 3D firearms2 August 2018

Imran Khan declares victory29 July 2018

Alexander Gillespie: Insidious game on table of Trump-Putin summit tonight 16 July 2018

President of Colombia takes office under pressure to reduce drug production 2 July 2018

Alexander Gillespie: Talks achieved less than the last deal with N Korea 14 June 2018

US-North Korea see-saw summit back on3 June 2018

Iran's Golan Heights attack a 'very serious' escalation - expert10 May 2018

Is Iran really as bad as Donald Trump says?9 May 2018

US backs off Iran deale9 May 2018

Lawyer investigated over criticism of judge7 May 2018

Donald Trump - Nobel Peace Prize winner, or the next Neville Chamberlain?30 April 2018

A Nobel for Trump?30 April 2018

New found peace between North and South Korea29 April 2018

What the meeting between North and South Korea means29 April 2018

EU near-certain to waive immunity for diplomat owing $20,000 to landlord, expert says 20 April 2018

Diplomatic immunity goes back thousands of years - expert19 April 2018

Air strike not right response to unproven use of chemical weapons17 April 2018

What next? Al Gillespie analyses the attacks on Syria15 April 2018

Potential US Strike On Syria Is Powder Keg, Risk of It Exploding High – Prof.13 April 2018

CPTTP, Syria and NZ immigration13 April 2018

US and Russia 'at risk of direct war' over Syria - expert12 April 2018

NZ a 'prime target' for Russian spies - former KGB agent12 April2018

The China US trade war looms6 April 2018

Expert says NZ should follow global example on Russia 27 March 2018

Trump declares trade war on China 23 March 2018

Oil and gas question a litmus test for PM on commitment to climate change 21 March 2018

Trump's talks could be the breakthrough on North Korea 16 March 2018

Is Russia really behind the attempted murder of double agent Sergei Skripal? 15 March 2018

Russia and the UK relations on edge 14 March 2018

Putin picking a fight with Britain a good look at home - expert 14 March 2018

Al Gillespie on significance of the Trump Kim meeting 11 March 2018

The Long Journey to Preserve Valentia’s Historical Cable Station 8 March 2018

Incident at NZ embassy in US raises questions of international law 7 March 2018

North Korea's turnaround 7 March 2018

'Famous with a simple, terrible act': Are mass shootings contagious? 23 February 2018

America and its guns 16 February 2018

War doesn't have to be nuclear to kill indiscriminately 9 February 2018

Law expert says Government should intervene in lawsuit against Kiwis over Lorde 1 February 2018

TPP: Back on, again 24 January 2018

North Korea at Olympics a chance for progress 15 January 2018


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