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Director // Co-founder

public law & Policy, emergent tech, information rights
advisory, analysis, research, training, tech
special projects

Developing international human rights law

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Learn more about Michael and his work

  • 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 and policy, information rights, 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.

    He is presently running the Data Protection Africa and Democracy 2.0 special projects.

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Promoting rights-based technology innovation


Learn about Michael’s recent projects

  • Developing a civil society accreditation mechanism and national chapter framework for the Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union  – Advisory, Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a gender analysis and action plan to mainstream gender in the Joint Labour Migration Programme for Africa – Advisory, Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a research report for the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) on media sustainability and universal access to public interest journalism – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a situation analysis and implementation mechanism for the East African Community Regional Labour Migration Policy – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Assisting the African Network of Data Protection Authorities (RAPDP) with institutional development and support, including the development of institutional policies and frameworks – Advisory, Data Privacy.

  • Providing ongoing strategic guidance and project management support to the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) – Advisory, Research, Impact, Public Law & Policy.

  • Providing technical and research support to the Department of Social Affairs (DSA) of the African Union Commission (AUC) in the preparation of draft guidelines on the African Union Free Movement Protocol – Advisory, Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a research report on data protection in Sub-Saharan Africa – Research, Data Privacy.

  • Preparing a draft legal and political framework for the Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) of the African Union Commission (AUC) – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a parallel coalition report and submission on the list of issues on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) to the 61st session of the Pre‑Sessional Working Group of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in response to the Government of South Africa’s initial report dated 25 April 2017 – Advisory, Research, Public Law & Policy, Information Rights.

  • Preparing an issue paper on behalf of Association for Progressive Communications (APC), in collaboration with South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IABSA), titled ‘Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public wi-fi and zero-rated content’ – Research, Information Rights.

Developing Africa’s digital rights landscape

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