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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

Patents for heat management system for eco-friendly cars up 11%

The Korea Intellectual Property Office reported that the submission of patents related to an integrated heat management system for eco-friendly cars mainly from China, the US, Japan, South Korea, and Europe jumped by an...

Osaka court sides with 7-Eleven in franchise contract termination case

The Osaka District Court dismissed a lawsuit claiming 7-Eleven Japan Co unjustly terminated its contract with a convenience store franchisee over his decision to stop late-night operations. The court also ordered...

Distillery uses green crab in whisky to help protect ecosystem

Tamworth Distilling has created, in collaboration with a University of New Hampshire team, a green crab-flavored whiskey dubbed Crab Trapper. This drink also seeks to find a use for New Hampshires unwanted green crab...

Fanatics CEO selling stake in Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils to avoid conflict of interest

Michael Rubin, the CEO of digital sports platform Fanatics, is selling his reported ten percent stake in Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment (HBSE), owner of the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers and the NHLs New Jersey...

eBay acquires NFT marketplace startup KnownOrigin

eBay bought UK-based NFT marketplace KnownOrigin, which raised $3.5 million in February, for an undisclosed sum. KnownOrigin has amassed an impressive, ardent, and devoted group of artists and collectors, which are a...

Politics

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calls on Senate to investigate deaths of 500 indigenous children in schools

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made history as the first Native American to become a member of a presidential Cabinet. Haaland recently called on the Senate to pass the legislation that would probe the deaths of 500...

US VP Kamala Harris meets with Democratic Attorneys General in anticipation of Supreme Court abortion ruling

Months after a leaked majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, the US is bracing for the formal striking down of the abortion rights law. Vice President Kamala Harris met...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Kyiv begins trial of Russian soldier accused of rape

Legal proceedings are taking place in Ukraine as Kyiv begins prosecutions of Russian forces charged with crimes. Kyiv has begun its preliminary proceedings in the first trial of a Russian soldier charged with...

Myanmar coup: UN expert says ASEAN should rethink approach to crisis

Myanmar is facing unrest due to the coup staged by the generals to seize power and oust the elected government. The UN special rapporteur on human rights said the ASEAN regional grouping of countries must rethink their...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Researchers 'mask' cancer drug to spare healthy tissues while killing tumors

The University of Chicagos Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering has designed a method to keep a promising cancer drug from wreaking havoc until it reaches a tumor. As many cancer drugs often attack both healthy...

Technology

Apple’s Tim Cook says 'stay tuned' on what they will offer when asked about AR/VR tech

Apples first AR/VR headset has been in the rumor mill for a long time now, but reports have peaked in previous months as the tech giant is rumored to unveil the product in the near future. While Apple has remained silent...

iPhone 14 Pro Max battery may be downgraded, leak claims

A new iPhone 14 leak has claimed that Apple is planning to increase the battery capacity of its upcoming phones. However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is not expected to get the same treatment. The high-end model is instead...

Blizzard confirms ‘World of Warcraft: Dragonflight’ will launch in 2022

World of Warcraft can now pre-purchase the games upcoming expansion called Dragonflight. Blizzard Entertainment also confirmed this week that the update would be released later this year. World of Warcraft: Dragonflight...

Twitter announces ‘Notes’ feature for long-form posts

Twitter confirms its plans to introduce a way where users, especially writers, can publish posts beyond the current 280-character limit. The feature, officially called Notes, is currently in testing and was recently made...
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