Michael’s areas of work
Developing international human rights law
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Michael is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with Right of Appearance) and a member of the Legal Practice Council. He holds B.A., LL.B. (with Distinction), and LL.M. in Public International Law (with Distinction) degrees from the University of Witwatersrand, and a Certificate in International Trade Regulation from the World Trade Institute, University of Bern.
Michael focuses on public law, information rights and data privacy, and emergent technology, with a particular interest in the development and implementation of constitutional law, international law and emergent technologies. He is also a director and co-founder of Power Singh Inc. (2018-) and currently acts as an adviser to the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) in its Protest Rights and Policing thematic area.
Before forming ALT Advisory, Michael practised public law at the Legal Resources Centre (2012-14; 2015-17), and he clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2014, Justice Bess Nkabinde) and the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, Johannesburg (2011, Justice Kathleen Satchwell).
Michael has appeared before various courts and tribunals in South Africa, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Council.
Michael has a keen interest in understanding the intersection between law and technology and how technology can be used to protect and promote fundamental rights.
- Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with Right of Appearance), admitted on 12 May 2014.
- Member of the Legal Practice Council (Membership Number: 37241).
- B.A., LL.B. (with Distinction), LL.M. in Public International Law (with Distinction) (University of the Witwatersrand).
- Certificate in International Trade Regulation (University of Bern).
- Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2014).
- Justice Kathleen Satchwell at the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court of South Africa, Johannesburg (2011).
- Co-Author, Guruli et al., ‘Access Denied: Internet Access and the Right to Education in South Africa’ Report (29 September 2020).
- Avani Singh & Michael Power, ‘New digital regulations mean the state can track you — no questions asked’ (31 March 2020) Mail & Guardian.
- Avani Singh & Michael Power, ‘The privacy awakening: the urgent need to harmonise the right to privacy in Africa’ (2019) 3
African Human Rights Yearbook 202-220.
- Michael Power & Avani Singh, ‘South African High Court finds surveillance law unconstitutional‘ (26 September 2019) IACL-AIDC Blog.
- Avani Singh & Michael Power, ‘Attacks on foreign nationals may constitute terrorism‘ (13 September 2019) GroundUp.
- Co-Author, International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) / International Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School (IHRC), ‘Defending Dissent: Towards State Practices that Protect and Promote the Rights to Protest’ Report (27 June 2018).
- Michael Power & Manson Gwanyanya, ‘Massacre at Marikana: A failure of oversight and the need for direct community involvement’ (July 2017) SUR International Journal on Human Rights 25.
- Michael Power & Eric Cheng, ‘Opening the Protest Space: Reflections on the Legal Development of Protest Laws in South Africa and Proposed Areas of Reform’, presented at the South African Journal of Human Rights Colloquium, 19 May 2017, University of the Witwatersrand.
- Presentation of the draft Principles and Guidelines on the Implementation of the Right to Water in Africa, presented during the Panel of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ECOSOC‑WG), 24 October 2016, 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Kairaba Beach Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia.
- Presentation of ‘Lethal in Disguise: The Health Consequences of Crowd Control Weapons’, presented at the NGO Forum of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 5 April 2016, 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Paradise Suits Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia.
- Contributor, International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) / Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), ‘Lethal in Disguise: The Health Consequences of Crowd-Control Weapons’ Report (9 March 2016).
- ‘The excessive use of force in public order policing: Marikana and global trends towards remilitarisation’, presented at Commissioning the Present: Marikana and its Aftermath, 8 May 2015, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Author, Trial Observation Report, State v Beatrice Tele Mtetwa, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (24 December 2013).
- Mitchell Mackay & Michael Power, ‘Moving on from Mistrust: Balancing State Security Concerns with the Right to Open and Democratic Government’ (2013) Focus 71.
- Michael Power, ‘Hybrid Lore: Moving Toward True Transitional Justice’ (2012) University of the Witwatersrand LL.M. Dissertation.
- The Washington Post, In Hong Kong crackdown, police repeatedly broke their own rules — and faced no consequences (24 December 2019).
- New York Times, 1,800 Rounds of Tear Gas: Was the Hong Kong Police Response Appropriate? (18 August 2019).
- CNBC Africa, Internet Shutdowns Violate Human Rights (29 January 2019).
- Canadian Civil Liberties Association, CCLA Talks Right to Protest at University of Chicago Law School (2 April 2018).
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Tel: +2711 268 6881
Promoting rights-based technology innovation
MICHAEL’S RECENT WORK
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Developing Africa’s digital rights landscape
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