Michael Camilleri studied law at the University of Malta graduating LL.D. in 2003. His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘The Commercial Partnerships Ordinance, 1962 and the Companies Act 1995 – A History, 1954 – 2000’. Between 2003 and 2004 he read for a Master of Arts in Human Rights & Democratisation, also at the University of Malta, graduating with a thesis on Derrida and human rights. Michael was called to the Bar in June 2004 and established a firm having different areas of specialisation including civil law, refugee law, constitutional and human rights law. Since 2005 he has collaborated with the Jesuit Refugee Service Malta offering legal advice to refugees and asylum-seekers and filing human rights cases in the Courts of Malta and the European Court of Human Rights. He has also filed human rights cases in relation to the right to family and private life and also the right to the peaceful enjoyment of possession apart from other civil and judicial review cases. Since 2006, Michael has worked as legal aid lawyer for appeal claims for refugee appeals in front of the Refugee Appeals Board. Between 2008 and 2015, he worked as a judicial assistant at the Courts of Malta. This work included assisting a judge of the Courts of Malta with research necessary for sentencing and the hearing of evidence. He also lectures at the University of Malta. Michael joined Mamo TCV in 2017.
University of Malta: 1996 and 2003
B.A Legal & Humanistic Studies (1999)
Diploma of Notary Public (2001)
LL.D. (2003). LL.D. course thesis: ‘The Commercial Partnerships Ordinance, 1962 and the Companies Act 1995 – A History, 1954 – 2000’.
University of Malta; 2003 and 2004
Master of Arts in Human Rights & Democratisation.
M.A. Human Rights & Democratisation thesis: ‘The Philosophy of Human Rights? Derrida’s Deconstructionist Approach’.
Michael has taken up human rights cases in the First Hall of the Civil Court and Constitutional Court of Malta and also in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers, contesting, amongst other things, the legality of their detention and the conditions of their detention. These cases include issues regarding Articles 3, 5, and 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Michael co-signed an interim measure request against the deportation of 102 immigrants to the European Court of Human Rights in July 2013. The interim measure was upheld by the Court.
Michael has also taken up cases dealing with Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention (the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions) in the Maltese Courts and also in front of the European Court in Strasbourg. He has also dealt with various cases of judicial review cases in front of the First Hall of the Civil Court and The Court of Appeal.
Member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates
Admitted to the Maltese Bar, Courts of Malta (2004)
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