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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

The NBA’s Phoenix Suns were recently valued at more than US$2 billion by Sportico and US$1.8 billion by Forbes.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and Steve Jobss widow Laurene Powell Jobs have been named as parties interested in acquiring the Phoenix franchises after majority owner...

The deal allows the Boston-based Rapid7 to feature its logo on the team playing jerseys and practice tops from the start of the 2022/23 season

The NHLs Boston Bruins have secured their first multi-year jersey patch partnership deal with cybersecurity firm Rapid7. The deal allows the Boston-based Rapid7 to feature its logo on the team playing jerseys and...

With its acquisition of Stone Brewing, which operates on both the US Pacific and Atlantic coasts, Sapporo has secured US production bases that can help reduce logistics costs.

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. gained a couple of bases to expand in the US following its $168 million acquisition of California-based craft beer producer Stone Brewing Co. Sapporos subsidiary, Sapporo U.S.A. Inc., bought Stone...

The companies believe more people will spend more in virtual department stores and amusement parks as they spend more time online.

South Koreas retail giants, Shinsegae and Lotte have ignited their competition in the virtual world, which is emerging as new a future growth engine. The companies believe more people will spend more in virtual...

Technological collaboration between South Korea and the US has improved thanks to investments made by major US corporations.

South Korea received a combined $1.15 billion investment pledge to build plants, RD centers, and other facilities from seven US semiconductor and secondary battery industry firms. In the midst of the pandemic and...

Politics

The Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol by 69-27.

The United States Senate this week ratified an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would phase out the use of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. The chamber ratified the Kigali Amendment that would end...

Truss reportedly informed Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid about her review of relocating the British embassy to the contested city.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is reportedly considering moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Truss apparently told Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New...

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the "acts of chaos" in the demonstrations are unacceptable.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Irans Morality Police has sparked widespread unrest in the country, which has escalated into violence. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned against the violence as...

UN human rights envoy for Myanmar Tom Andrews warned countries not to take any measures that would legitimize the junta's planned elections.

Myanmar has been in a state of unrest since February last year, when the generals seized power in a coup and ousted the countrys elected government. With the junta planning elections that would take place next year, a...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

CD Projekt Red celebrates ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ for having 1 million daily visitors in the last week

CD Projekt Red revealed that at least one million players have opened Cyberpunk 2077 in the past week. Online charts show that the daily numbers of concurrent players are also climbing up, especially after the release of...

Microsoft’s 2022 Surface event is happening on October 12

Fall is typically the season when the biggest tech companies unveil new flagship products every year. And Microsoft just confirmed that it would once again host a Surface event next month, where it is expected to unveil...

Twitch rejects calls for a 70/30 revenue split and announces it will standardize 50/50 share from subscriptions

Twitch announced upcoming changes to its policy on revenue share from subscriptions. The update, which will be implemented next year, will primarily affect streamers who are under a premium agreement with the...

Pixel 7 leak suggests Google is not planning to increase prices this year

Googles Pixel launch event is happening in a few weeks, but details about the Pixel 7 series pricing may have already leaked. And the company may not be planning to implement price increases for its new flagship phones...
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