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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

Starbucks Japan’s summer teas deliver all the goodness of matcha, youthberry, and yuzu peels

Starbucks Japan is answering the call towards providing lighter, more refreshing beverages as we head into the hot and humid days of summer with a new trio of summer teas. A small Yuzu Citrus and Tea and a small...

SK Geocentric joins 3 other entities in plastic recycling program at expressway rest areas

SK Geocentric Co. had signed an agreement with the Ministry of Environment, Korea Expressway Corp., and bottled water brand Jeju Samdasoo to promote the separate disposal and recycling of plastic garbage generated at...

F1 gets up to US$90 million per year in 3-year extension of ESPN's US TV rights

Formula One has renewed its US media rights deal with ESPN until the end of 2025, reportedly worth between US$75 million and US$90 million per year. The agreement represents a significant increase over the broadcaster...

Spain's LaLiga to sue Chinese broadcaster after terminating deal over nonpayment

Spains LaLiga has terminated its broadcast partnership with Super Sports Media in China and is seeking legal action for the media companys failure to keep up with its payments. Super Sports Media has agreed to become...

Alexa may soon replicate the voice of dead family members

A feature under development would allow Alexa to mimic the voice of a specific person based on a less than a minute of provided recording. The goal of the feature, according to Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukraine official says EU should include Russian oil embargo in sanctions

Ukraine has urged the West to ramp up sanctions on Russia as punishment for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February. An official in Kyiv has called for an oil embargo as part of the European Unions sanctions against...

Iran, EU to restart nuclear deal talks

The months-long discussions between Iran and the US to restart the 2015 nuclear deal was put on hold following Russias invasion of Ukraine. Following a visit by the European Unions foreign policy head to Tehran, both sides...

US Supreme Court: Protesters condemn decision to overturn landmark Roe v. Wade ruling

The US Supreme Court officially published its decision that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling. Following the release of the decision, hundreds of protesters marched to the high court, condemning...

Joe Biden signs bipartisan gun reform bill into law

Over the weekend, US President Joe Biden signed into law the first major gun reform bill in decades. The legislation came together following the major mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. Reuters...

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

Report: Apple Watch Series 8, new SE generation to ship with S8 chip

Apple will reportedly update its Apple Watch lineup later this year with three new models, including the second generation of Apple Watch SE and the flagship Apple Watch Series 8. The tech giant is expected to introduce...

iPhone 14 Pro will display widgets while in always-on display mode, report says

Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhones later this year, but more significant software and hardware upgrades are only anticipated in the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models. The higher-end devices are rumored to gain an...

‘Valorant’ voice chats will be recorded as Riot Games vows ‘to combat disruptive behavior’

Riot Games has updated its policy, allowing it to record and evaluate voice chats starting with Valorant. The move is part of the developers promise to address disruptive behavior among players in-game. The developer...

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...
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