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Michael Power

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Michael Power is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Director and Co-founder of Power Singh Inc.

Michael focuses on constitutional and public international law, administrative law, information and media law, and environmental law, with a particular interest in constitutional litigation and the development and implementation of international law.

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Michael Power is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Director and Co-founder of Power Singh Inc.

Michael focuses on constitutional and public international law, administrative law, information and media law, and environmental law, with a particular interest in constitutional litigation and the development and implementation of international law.

Contact Michael

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About Michael

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 constitutional and public international law, administrative law, information and media law, and environmental law, with a particular interest in constitutional litigation and the development and implementation of international law. He is also a director and co-founder of ALT Advisory (2017-) and currently acts as an adviser to the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) in its police brutality and social protest practice area.

    Before forming Power Singh Inc., Michael practised constitutional and international law at the Legal Resources Centre (2012-14; 2015-17), and he clerked at the Constitutional Court of South African (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.

    • 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).
  • Case involvements

    • Law Society of South Africa and Others v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others [2018] ZAGPPHC 4 – constitutional law, international law, amicus curiae

    • Democratic Alliance v Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Others [2017] ZAGPPHC 53 – constitutional law, international law, amicus curiae

    • SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and Another v South African Broadcasting Corporation ICASA CCC 214/2016 – constitutional law, public participation

    • Minister of Home Affairs v Rahim and Others [2016] ZACC 3 – constitutional law, international law, amicus curiae, unlawful detention
    • South African Human Rights Commission and Others v Minister of Home Affairs: Naledi Pandor and Others [2014] ZAGPJHC 198 – constitutional law, immigration law, unlawful detention

    • Magidiwana and Others v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others [2013] ZACC 27 – constitutional law

    • Federation for Sustainable Environment and Others v Minister of Water Affairs and Others [2012] ZAGPPHC – constitutional law, environmental law, right to water

    • Sikuola v Minister of Home Affairs and Others [2012] ZAGPJHC 98 – constitutional law, immigration law, unlawful detention

    Commissions of Inquiry

    • Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission) (2016-17) – constitutional law, right to education
    • Marikana Commission of Inquiry (2012-14) – constitutional law, right to life

    Treaty Body Mechanisms

    • Written and oral submissions to the United Nations Human Rights Committee during the General Discussion on the preparation of a General Comment on Article 21 (Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (2019) – international law, freedom of assembly
    • Written and oral submissions to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on South Africa’s Initial Report (2017-18) – international law
    • Written and oral submissions to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on South Africa’s Initial Report (2016) – international law
    • 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.
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Our People

Learn about the people behind Power Singh Inc.

Avani Singh

Director / Co-founder

Michael Power

Director / Co-founder

Jessie Rashid

Office Manager

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