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 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. 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 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

2021 Media Appearances

'Waikato firm Gallagher scored Five Eyes contracts because it kept manufacturing out of China' 12 April 2021

'Human rights advocates concerned after MFAT gave green light to military exports to countries on UN blacklist" 12 April 2021

'Why not UK and United States? Green MP Golriz Ghahraman questions if 'race is a factor' in India travel ban)" 9 April 2021

'The Panel with Moata Tamaira and Ben Thomas (Part 1)" 9 April 2021


'MFAT approved military equipment export permits to UAE Land Forces" 8 April 2021

'Security Intelligence Service: 'Realistic possibility' Covid-19 could lead to greater terror threat" 1 April 2021

'MFAT approved military equipment export permits to UAE Land Forces" 30 March 2021

''Risks Myanmar might 'get much, much worse' says law professor" 29 March 2021

'SIS's more open approach makes risk appraisal easier - professor" 28 March 2021

'The Panel with Paula Penfold and Garry Moore (Part 1)" 26 March 2021

"What to do when an alleged Kiwi 'Isis bride' wants to come home" 20 March 2021

''Christchurch mosque attacks: How the media covered one of New Zealand's darkest days" 15 March 2021

'Two years on from the Christchurch terror attack, how much has really changed?" 15 March 2021

''The Disappeared Uyghur New Zealanders terrified for missing loved ones in Xinjiang, China.'" 14 March 2021

'Covid 19 coronavirus: One third pay MIQ bills, $20 million still unpaid" 11 March 2021

''The Panel with Kathryn Burnett and Conor English (Part 1)'" 11 March 2021

''Lots of law, not enough order — the government must be clearer about dealing with COVID rule-breakers'" 3 March 2021

''International Law expert: Morrison acting politically, in 'bad faith' in Suhayra Aden case'" 21 February 2021

''Law expert praises New Zealand Government's handling of woman set to be deported from Turkey'" 21 February 2021

'NZ woman set to be deported from Turkey'" 20 February 2021

'The crisis in Yemen demands an independent review of NZ’s military links with Saudi Arabia'" 19 February 2021

''Abject failure': New Zealand's involvement in Afghanistan War questioned'" 18 February 2021

'Should our borders be completely closed?'" 16 February 2021

'Three New Zealand citizens detained trying to enter Turkey, ministry says'" 16 February 2021

'MFAT granted permits for military exports to Saudi Arabia'" 15 February 2021

'Al Gillespie on rising tensions between the US and China'" 14 February 2021

'New Zealand sanctions on Myanmar: Will they work?'" 10 February 2021

'Trump's impeachment trial begins'" 10 February 2021

'Questions raised over Air NZ's work with other militaries involved in Yemen war'" 10 February 2021

'Uyghurs the casualty in NZ's trading partnership with China'" 9 February 2021

'Professor on Air NZ Saudi military revelations'" 9 February 2021

'Myanmar coup: New Zealand community 'devastated' and anxious'" 3 February 2021

'Could New Zealand serve as an ‘honest broker’ to repair ties between China and the West?'" 2 February 2021

'Coup in Myanmar: The latest developments" 2 February 2021

'Calls for Government to step in as Māori wards issue heats up" 19 January 2021

'What’s at stake for NZ in Australia’s case against China at the World Trade Organisation?" 13 January 2021

'Angry Trump still has finger on nuclear button'" 13 January 2021

''Trump 'unlikely' to get the boot - International law expert'" 8 January 2021

'Heightened terrorist threat if America doesn't unite, warns Waikato international law expert'" 7 January 2021

'Waikeria inmates' protest: a symptom of a much larger problem'" 6 January 2021

'Why Aotearoa New Zealand’s early Polynesian settlement should be recognised with World Heritage Site status'" 4 January 2021