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

'Managed isolation, quarantine costing $2.4m a day, figures show" 23 November 2020

'China issues stark warning to Five Eyes alliance over New Zealand's call for it to obey international obligations in Hong Kong'" 20 November 2020

'International law expert Al Gillespie expects New Zealand will be urged by Five Eyes to 'speak up' more as China beefs up threats" 20 November 2020

'International law expert on China, Five Eyes stoush'" 20 November 2020

'Trump's mission to bomb Iran could spark a war" 18 November 2020

'US elections: Pompeo claims 'smooth transition'" 12 November 2020

'Al Gillespie on what a Biden presidency means for NZ" 8 November 2020

'US Election: What a Donald Trump victory would mean for Jacinda Ardern" 5 November 2020

'US election: What will result mean for NZ?" 2 November 2020

'A Biden presidency might be better for NZ, but the big foreign policy challenges won’t disappear with Trump" 29 October 2020

'New Zealand's obligations to UN Sanctions with Korea" 21 October 2020

'WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases" 20 October 2020

'With foreign policy largely missing from NZ’s election campaign, what global challenges face the next government?e" 9 October 2020

'Spy found evidence of sexual abuse barred from going to police" 24 September 2020

'Communication Stations" September 2020

'Combating COVID conspiracies in times of an election part 2" 18 September 2020

'With the election campaign underway, can the law protect voters from fake news and conspiracy theories?" 15 September 2020

'Free speech and Covid-19: Where is the line?" 11 September 2020

'If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed" 8 September 2020

'Coronavirus: NZ Government won't make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory, but may 'exclude' Kiwis who don't get jab - expert " 4 September 2020

'Christchurch mosque shooter labelled 'terrorist entity'' 2 September 2020

'Why the Christchurch monster won’t end up in an Australian jail' 28 August 2020

'Christchurch shooting: Praise for judge who ignored mitigating factors in sentencing the terrorist' 28 August 2020

'Police call for stronger counter-terrorism laws' 28 August 2020

'New Zealand's Christchurch mosque terrorist sentenced to life in prison with no parole' 27 August 2020

'When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist' 27 August 2020

'Winston Peters wants Christchurch terrorist returned to Australia, but Jacinda Ardern says now not the time' 27 August 2020

'Sentence handed down to Christchurch mosque shooter today' 27 August 2020

'Sentencing looms in Christchurch mosque case' 27 August 2020

'The countdown is on to mask up' 24 August 2020

'Law professor calls for mosque shooter to go to Australian prison' 24 August 2020

'NZ court to begin hearings on sentencing of Australian national over Christchurch mass shooting' 24 August 2020

'El responsable de la matanza en dos mezquitas de Nueva Zelanda afronta el juicio' 23 August 2020

'New Zealand Massacre Sentencing: What to Expect' 23 August 2020

'First lockdown days illegal' 19 August 2020

'Jailing the Christchurch terrorist will cost New Zealand millions. A prisoner swap with Australia would solve more than one problem' 19 August 2020

'Coronavirus: COVID-19 law 'much better' than the first lockdown, Government has 'raft of power' - expert' 13 August 2020

'National calls for election to be delayed' 12 August 2020

'Operation Burnham: the New Zealand military’s self-inflicted wounds will not heal by themselves' 3 August 2020

'China labels New Zealand's extradition treaty suspension as 'gross interference'' 28 July 2020

'Law Professor Al Gillespie on case to test lockdown legality' 27 July 2020

'Concern over China's controversial new security law' 21 July 2020

'There is no legal right to free quarantine — but there is a fair way to set the price' 21 July 2020

'Mother of Christchurch mosque victim is disappointed shooter is representing himself' 13 July 2020

'Speeding up shovel-ready projects 'risky' in the wake of Covid-19' 13 July 2020

'Privacy fears over health data after Covid-19 leak' 10 July 2020

'Government to 'review relationship settings' with Hong Kong after security law' 8 July 2020

'The National Party COVID-19 leak shows why the law must change to protect New Zealand citizens' 8 July 2020

'China's new security law means protestors can be jailed for life' 2 July 2020

'Unless we improve the law, history shows rushing shovel-ready projects comes with real risk' 30 June 2020

'Calls for transcript of interview with mosque shooter to be released' 29 June 2020

'WHO warns world leaders as Covid19 infection rates rise' 23 June 2020

'Continued frustrations with border quarantine' 19 June 2020

'The law is clear – border testing is enforceable. So why did New Zealand’s quarantine system break down?' 18 June 2020

'Law Professor explains legal rights of Covid-19 border testing' 18 June 2020

'Tying a knot in the rope of intolerance' 16 June 2020

'Peace activists call for NZ to pull out of war games exercise' 10 June 2020

'Spy stories hit NZ headlines' 8 June 2020

'Helen Clark, Andrew Little refuse to reveal if they've signed off on raids of foreign embassies as SIS Minister' 8 June 2020

'The rule of law and the right to peaceful assembly' 3 June 2020

'The coronavirus crisis shows why New Zealand urgently needs a commissioner for older people' 1 June 2020

'George Floyd death: Minneapolis riots could be solved 'relatively easily' if Trump wanted to - Alexander Gillespie' 31 May 2020

'How Australia is Balancing Between Economic Reliance on China and Total Strategic Dependence on US' 27 May 2020

'US president withdraws the nation from Open Skies Treaty' 22 May 2020

'WHO inquiry into COVID Pandemic origins' 19 May 2020

'Are New Zealand’s new COVID-19 laws and powers really a step towards a police state?' 19 May 2020

'Human Rights Commissioner has 'serious concerns' around Level 2 enforcement law' 13 May 2020

'Police trial of facial recognition technology 'a matter of concern' - Andrew Little' 13 May 2020

'Urgent legislation criticised for going too far' 13 May 2020

'What world must learn to protect us next time" 11 May 2020

'Fast tracking certain infrastructure projects 7 May 2020

'Questions raised about the legality of the lockdown' 7 May 2020

'Anti-China Stance Will Be There Whoever Rises to Power in US Presidential Vote, Analysts Suggest 2 May 2020

'Protests feared over checkpoint shut downs' 1 May 2020

'The Cable Connection' 21 April 2020

'Coronavirus: In an emergency, value counts for more than price?' 20 April 2020

'Was Level 4 a disproportionate action?' 16 April 2020

'Five ways New Zealanders’ lives and liberties will be heavily controlled, even after lockdown eases' 16 April 2020

'Level four lockdown: related police powers' 8 April 2020

'Covid 19 coronavirus: Alexander Gillespie - Four matters to address after the pandemic' 8 April 2020

'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