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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.

NZ police need better training in privacy and human rights law – here is what should happen

Oct 11, 2022 04:42 am UTC| Life

The New Zealand Police were recently found to have been routinely and illegally photographing young people and adults in public. Many might have expected this to see an end to the practice but apparently not. Despite...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin plays the annexation card, pushing the war in Ukraine into a dangerous new phase

Sep 22, 2022 07:04 am UTC| Politics

A lot has changed since world leaders last met in person at the United Nations General Assembly: a global pandemic, a looming food crisis, economic stress, climate disasters and, of course, the Russian invasion of...

Russia says peace in Ukraine will be ‘on our terms’ – but what can the West accept and at what cost?

Jul 23, 2022 16:13 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The recent assertion by Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russias security council (and former president), that the invasion of Ukraine will achieve all its goals and that peace will be on our terms raises an obvious...

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...

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Economy

Woowa Brothers commence robot food delivery service in Gangnam mall

Woowa Brothers Corp. launched its food delivery robot and began door-to-door delivery service at a shopping mall in Gangnam. The machine is capable of making deliveries in a 55-story Trade Tower and COEX mall shopping...

Burger King, Popeyes to expand in Europe via RBI and McWin’s partnership deal

Burger King and Popeyes restaurant brands are set for expansion in Eastern Europe after their owner, Restaurant Brands International, and McWin private investment fund signed a deal for it. McWin and RBIs agreement is...

Livspace launches 3 experience centers in Singapore

Livspace has launched three new experience centers in Singapore as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia. The three centers of the omnichannel home interior and renovation platform are located in Suntec City,...

HSBC sells Canadian business to the Royal Bank of Canada for $10B

HSBC Holdings Plc confirmed on Tuesday, Nov. 29, that it has sold its business in Canada to the Royal Bank of Canada for $10 billion or $13.5 billion in Canadian dollars. It will be paid in cash thus a dividend or bumper...

CJ CheilJedang exporting its plant-based PlanTable brand to 30 countries after selling 3 million products shortly after launch

CJ CheilJedang sold three million units of its plant-based PlanTable in just 10 months after it was first introduced. Now the company is bringing this brand to 30 markets worldwide through export. CJ CheilJedang...

Politics

UN women's rights body to decide on Iran's potential removal on December 14

A push led by the United States to remove Iran from the United Nations womens rights body is set to be decided on in a matter of weeks. The potential decision follows Washingtons push to have Iran removed from the body as...

UK PM Sunak says China a 'systemic challenge' to interests

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that China posed a challenge to the United Kingdoms interests in his first remarks on his governments foreign policy. Sunak also condemned the beating of a BBC journalist who was in...

South Korea: Yoon warns of unprecedented joint response to North Korea nuclear test

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned that there would be an unprecedented response should North Korea move ahead with its nuclear test. Yoon also called on China to dissuade North Korea from making such a...

UK foreign affairs committee visits Taiwan

A British parliamentary committee is set to visit Taiwan this week in an effort to look into a shift in the countrys foreign policy surrounding the Indo-Pacific region. The panel will be meeting with Taiwanese President...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger gets unconditional approval in Serbia, concessions ‘likely’ to be offered to EU regulators

Microsoft is still facing immense scrutiny from regulators in most countries where it needs to gain approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. But the company has reportedly gained...

NEC to build ¥33 billion global innovation hub near Tokyo

NEC Corporation will be constructing a 12-story global base for innovation with a floor area of roughly 50,000 square meters near Tokyo in March 2023 at around 33 billion. The provisionally named NEC Innovation...

Twitter is rolling out Blue, Gold, and Grey verification plans after suspending Twitter Blue

Twitter announced it may debut its new verification plans soon. Based on the account type, Elon Musk said they would roll out the blue, gold, and gray badges for platform users. The Twitter chief executive officer said...

CD Projekt considers more TV series adaptations following ‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’ success

Many video game fans might agree that Cyberpunk 2077 has already had its redemption, especially after its latest major update that coincided with the release of the Netflix anime adaptation Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Now,...
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