Former Speaker of the Parliament of Malta (2010-2013) and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta (2004-2008), Michael served as a Member of Parliament for 26 years (1987-2013) and also as Minister of Telecommunications, Transport and Technology (1994-1996) and as Minister (earlier Minister of State) for Broadcasting, Culture, Youth and Sport (1990-1994). A member of the European Convention on the Future of Europe, he is also a signatory to the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007.
He was admitted to the Maltese bar in 1978 and, over a period of 22 years, has practised extensively in European Union law, Communications law, Corporate law and Gaming law. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta where he is also currently the coordinator of the Gaming Law course. Michael graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1977 and obtained a Masters in European Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom in 1984. He has written and published extensively books and articles on law, politics and diplomacy.
Michael is currently a member of the Council of Europe European Commission on Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) which advises states on constitutional matters and issues relating to good governance, human rights and the rule of law. He is also a member of the Investment Migration Council and a member of the Advisory Committee. Michael has a keen interest in international politics, history, reading, and in Agatha Christie’s Poirot.