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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.

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

Kakao enters healthcare business, deepening rivalry with Naver

Kakao has entered the digital healthcare business, and this will surely expand its rivalry with Naver Corp. that is already operating its medical service business. The company recently formed a team that includes medical...

Adidas promotes Star Wars gear ahead of The Book of Boba Fett series this December

Adidas is promoting its Star Wars collection inspired by the legendary galactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, featuring a pair of his Firebird Track Pants, ahead of its upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series at Disney+ on...

Amazon invests in fractional sports trading card, NFT marketplace Dibbs

Amazon is getting into sports collectibles by investing in fractional marketplace Dibbs, which recently launched a feature allowing users to sell stakes in their items with each other. The terms of Amazons investment...

Nike, Adidas, H&M, Zara, Coach found contributing to Amazon rainforest's destruction with their leather products

A new report from sustainability organization Slow Factory Foundation and Stand.earth found that cattle farmers who produce leather for fashion brands such Nike, Adidas, HM, Zara, and Coach are intensifying the...

Politics

Afghanistan: West criticizes Taliban for 'summary killings' despite amnesty pledge

The Taliban is looking to gain international recognition as the new leaders of Afghanistan through the promise of presenting a more moderate approach to governing. However, the recent reports of killings have led a group...

Capitol riots: Insurrectionist asks courts for permission to attend wedding in Cancun ahead of sentencing

Hundreds of the members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol were arrested and charged by the feds since the insurrection. One insurrectionist recently made a bizarre request to the courts, asking for permission...

Nancy Pelosi condemns Rep. Lauren Boebert's attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The recent Islamophobic attacks that Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert made against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar have also led to internal squabbles in the House Republican caucus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Boeberts...

Taliban criticizes UN for postponing decision on who would represent Afghanistan

The international community is still reluctant to acknowledge the Talibans government in Afghanistan following the withdrawal in August. The insurgent group recently criticized the United Nations for postponing its...

Science

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

Coffee and tea drinkers had lower risks of dementia and stroke, according to a study published in Plos Medicine in November 2021. This study involved 365,682 participants aged 50 to 74 years from the UK...

Doosan Robotics launches collaborative robot cafe

Doosan Robotics Co. has produced an unmanned modular robot cafe, which refers to a robot that can work with a human. The unmanned modular robot cafe is 1.8 meters wide, 1.59 meters long, and 1.85 meters high. Doosan...

Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

Nissan Motor Co. rolled out on Dec.2 an unmanned rover prototype to operate on the moon using its electric cars all-wheel-control technology to let it operate under harsh conditions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Technology

Apple could announce new top-tier iMac and first Mac Pro with Apple silicon in 2022

Apple is anticipated to make another huge wave of announcements for 2022, especially for its Mac line. The company is expected to announce a new top-tier iMac, as well as the first Mac Pro powered by its in-house...

Meta is expanding the Facebook Protect program to more users

Meta appears to be making more effort to push Facebook users handling high-profile pages to enable Facebook Protect features. Those who fail to turn on the safety tools might risk getting locked out of their...

Samsung Galaxy A73 could sport a 108MP main camera and launch in December

Renders allegedly showing the design of the upcoming Galaxy A73 surfaced recently, and it appears that Samsung is not planning a significant redesign. However, several notable changes in the technical specifications were...

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will cost $699 in the US, report says

With the possibility of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launching in a month, more details about the anticipated mid-range phone have leaked once again. This time, the devices introductory price in the United States has been...
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