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Education CV

Michael holds a BCom (Honours), LLB, and LLM.  He clerked for Justice Mogoeng (as he was then) at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  He has held research positions at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional Law (SAIFAC) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). 

Fields of research

Constitutional Law


The difference and relationship between the 'state duty to protect' and the 'horizontal application' of constitutional rights in South Africa


Professor David Feldman 

Representative Publications

 ‘The Negative Obligation of the Housing Right: An Analysis of the Duties to Respect and Protect’ (2013) 3 South African Journal on Human Rights 591

‘Curbing the Constitutional Development of Contract Law: A Critical Analysis of Maphango v Aengus Lifestyle’ (2014) 2 South African Law Journal 271

‘Legitimacy, Judicial Legislating, and the Sentencing Practices of the ICTR’, (2013) African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 110

‘The Flexible Civil Procedure of Housing Evictions’ (2014) (5) Constitutional Court Review 331

‘The Directly Enforceable Constitution: Political Parties and the Horizontal Application of the Bill of the Rights’ (2015) 3 South African Journal on Human Rights 56 

'Egyptian Constituitonal Reform and the Fight Against Corruption' (2013) in Consolidating the Arab Spring: Constitutional Transition in Egypt and Tunisia (Zaid Al-Ali & Richard Stacey eds) (co-authored with Zaid Al-Ali).

Start Date

Oct 2014