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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.

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

S. Korea's rechargeable battery exports up 2.9% to 7.2 trillion won in 2020

South Korea shipped 7.2 trillion won worth of rechargeable batteries overseas last year, up 2.9 percent from the year before. Lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) surged 10.6 percent on-year to 1.3...

JPMorgan leans on trading, investment banking to boost profits

JPMorgan Chase Cos net income rose to $12.1 billion, or $3.79 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from the previous years $8.5 billion, or $2.57 per share. The performance also surpassed its expected earnings of...

Xi Jinping urges Starbucks and its chairman emeritus Howard Schultz to help improve US-China ties

Xi Jinping, the president of the Republic of China, reportedly called on Starbucks to help patch things up and restore its ties with the U.S. To be more exact, the Chinese president was said to have asked the former CEO of...

French govt opposes foreign group's takeover of Carrefour

France is opposing any takeover of retailer Carrefour by a foreign company to preserve its food security and sovereignty, said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. According to Maire, the acquisition by a foreign...

Politics

Joe Biden to announce legislation to grant citizenship to immigrants on his first day as president

President-elect Joe Biden is set to hit the ground running after he is sworn into the presidency on January 20. It appears that Biden will waste no time in introducing legislation towards the immigration aspect, legalizing...

Joe Biden news: Incoming POTUS says scientific advisers would follow facts and science

Incoming president Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated in a few days from now but he has continued to unveil more appointees and nominees to his administration. The president-elects announcement of his lineup of scientific...

Donald Trump humiliation: Historians say outgoing POTUS' last year in office will define his legacy

To this day, Donald Trump has refused to be held accountable for the horrific Capitol riots that occurred two weeks ago. As he faces possible conviction from the Senate, historians now weigh in what would define Trumps...

Ivanka Trump reportedly in "panic" over post-White House career

With the Trump administration leaving in a few days to make way for the Biden administration, many are wondering what would prominent Trump officials including Ivanka Trump herself, would pursue later. A new report reveals...

Science

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Four ways microbial fuel cells could revolutionise electricity production in the future

The world population is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050. Given that most of our current energy is generated from fossil fuels, this creates significant challenges when it comes to providing enough sustainable...

Technology

iPhone Fold: Apple fans should not expect its launch anytime soon

While more reports point to Apples ongoing development of a so-called iPhone Fold, tech fans should not expect an official announcement with a release window anytime soon. On the bright side, Apple is reportedly continuing...

‘Bayonetta 3’ updates might be released in 2021, developer hopes

It has been a while since the development of Bayonetta 3 was first announced, and PlatinumGames Hideki Kamiya joins fans in hoping more updates could be announced this year. Meanwhile, the video game designer and director...

'Hitman 3' gameplay leaks reveal Agent 47 is tragically losing a friend

Several reports claim early copies of Hitman 3 are now out in the wild, leading to cutscenes and mission details leaking online, including an imminent great loss for Agent 47. Meanwhile, developers confirmed that Nintendo...

DuckDuckGo grew by 62% and surpassed 102 million daily searches in early 2021

DuckDuckGo is adding to the list of privacy-focused tech services to see recent substantial growth. The search engine has recorded its highest-ever daily search count after it surpassed the 100 million mark for the first...
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