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Michael Power.

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Michael is a Director and Co-founder of Power & Associates.


Recent work.

Appearing before the Constitutional Court of South Africa in cases concerning access to information for people with visual and print disabilities, and the surveillance of journalists.
Preparing a series of legal frameworks for the participation of civil society organisations in the work of the African Union.
Supporting litigation at the European Court of Human Rights on the right to privacy.

Amplifying voices for change.

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About Michael.

  • Michael is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with Right of Appearance) and a Director and Co-founder of Power & Associates. Michael 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. He is also an Executive M.B.A. candidate at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.

    Michael focuses on constitutional and administrative law, public international and regional law, information rights and media law, and environmental and sustainability law, with a particular interest in strategic and test case litigation, the development and implementation of international law, and advising on rights-based tools and strategies to achieve public interest outcomes. He is also a Director and Co-founder of ALT Advisory (2017-), a public interest advisory and research firm which works in association with Power & Associates, and currently acts as an adviser to the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) in its Democratic Participation thematic area.

    Before forming Power & Associates, Michael practised constitutional and international 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 represented and advised individuals, activists, journalists, civil society organisations, social movements, socially responsible organisations, and international institutions, which include various agencies of the United Nations and organs of the African Union. He has appeared before multiple courts and tribunals in South Africa, including the Constitutional Court, and he has engaged with 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. He has also supported litigation at the European Court of Human Rights.

Working for a sustainable future.

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