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Alexander Gillespie

Alexander Gillespie

Professor of Law, University of Waikato
I work primarily in international law, with specialties in international environmental; and the laws of war/international humanitarian law.

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

May 23, 2022 13:11 pm UTC| Politics

Trying to gauge the worst aspect of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is difficult. For some, it will be the illegal invasion itself. For others, the war crimes or crimes against humanity committed since. But measured in...

Protesting during a pandemic: New Zealand's balancing act between a long tradition of protests and COVID rules

Nov 06, 2021 07:56 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Several times this week, protesters have forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to abandon events aimed to support the COVID vaccination rollout. Over the past few weeks, thousands have gathered, in breach of COVID...

Global Geopolitics Series

As the Taliban's grip on Afghanistan tightens, New Zealand must commit to taking more refugees

Aug 22, 2021 01:05 am UTC| Politics

With a Defence Force Hercules now en route to Afghanistan to assist with rescue and evacuation, New Zealand joins a 60-country response to the unfolding calamity. Yet doubt still surrounds just who is eligible for the...

WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases

Oct 20, 2020 13:41 pm UTC| Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has come in for its share of criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some faults are the responsibility of the WHO, others were caused by member states, which did not...

If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed

Sep 09, 2020 13:44 pm UTC| Life

The case for a referendum on New Zealands cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was...

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

Jun 21, 2020 03:50 am UTC| Law

The anger and frustration at New Zealands border quarantine failure have been palpable. Two women, recently arrived in New Zealand, were granted compassionate leave from quarantine to be with grieving family after a...

A year from the Christchurch terror attacks, NZ intelligence records a surge in reports

Mar 01, 2020 13:03 pm UTC| Law

The Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year have prompted a significant rise in tip-offs about people expressing extremist views, according to a report by New Zealands Security Intelligence Service...

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Economy

Bank holidays: how a day off work affects the economy

The Queens platinum jubilee will be celebrated across the UK with parades, picnics and street parties. But perhaps the most popular event planned to mark her 70 years on the throne will be an extra day off...

McDonald's in Russia will re-open under a new name and it could be called 'Fun and Tasty'

McDonalds has formally stopped its operations in Russia this month after temporarily suspending its business in March. With its exit, the fast-food chain has sold its restaurants to a local operator, and now it will be...

POSCO Chemical, GM announce Quebec as chosen site for joint cathode plant

POSCO Chemical revealed on Friday, May 27, that it is building a new facility for the production of cathode worth $327 million. It has partnered with General Motors for this project, and they have picked Quebec, Canada, as...

Kakao's founder Kim Beom Su vacates chairman position at Brian Impact Foundation

Kakaos founder and former chief executive officer, Kim Beom Su, has stepped down as chairman of the Brian Impact Foundation, a private charity foundation that was launched last year to help innovators in technology and...

NFT Artwork on LG Display’s OLED screen auctioned off for US$6.2 million

The non-fungible token artwork created on LG Display Co.s transparent OLED screen in collaboration with Turkish media arts designer and director Refik Anadol was auctioned off for US$6.2 million. The NFT art collection...

Politics

Afghanistan: Taliban's restrictions look to make women, girls 'invisible', UN expert says

The Taliban has increasingly imposed restrictive policies on Afghan women and girls months since retaking control of Afghanistan. A UN expert who visited the country said the restrictive policies by the insurgent group...

Iran: Incident at Parchin military complex leaves one killed, one wounded

An incident occurred at Irans Parchin military complex this week, leaving two casualties. One was killed, and another was wounded in the incident, according to the countrys defense ministry. Irans defense ministry...

US Justice Department targeting Trump attorneys, advisers in fake electors investigation

The US Justice Department has mostly kept silent about its ongoing investigations, particularly probes related to the attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections and stay in power. With the focus...

US GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demands to see all evidence against him before complying to Jan. 6 panel subpoena

The Jan. 6 congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection moved to issue subpoenas to a handful of sitting Republican lawmakers in Congress. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan recently demanded that he view all the...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop magnet-based soil purification tech

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had developed a method for purifying radioactively contaminated soil by using magnets to separate radioactive cesium from the soil. Cesium is most frequently found in...

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Technology

From glasses to mobility scooters, 'assistive technology' isn't always high-tech

This month, the first ever World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology was released. The WHO estimates one in three of us will need assistive technology, ranging from glasses to...

A unified cybersecurity strategy is the key to protecting businesses

Following the changes the pandemic has brought about in the business world, organizations have significantly increased their use of data and the internet. This, in turn, has increased the prevalence of cyberattacks and...

AI could help us spot viruses like monkeypox before they cross over – and help conserve nature

When a new coronavirus emerged from nature in 2019, it changed the world. But COVID-19 wont be the last disease to jump across from the shrinking wild. Just this weekend, it was announced that Australia, is no longer an...

Blizzard reveals global release times for ‘Diablo Immortal’

The free-to-play Diablo Immortal is launching in a few days, and Blizzard Entertainment has announced at exactly what time the game will go live. PC gamers can also start preparing for its arrival and start to pre-load the...

FromSoftware suggests ‘Dark Souls’ online servers are coming back soon

The long wait may be over soon for avid fans of Dark Souls. Developer FromSoftware has recently provided an update on the status of the games online servers more than four months after they were taken down...
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