Michael Pinto-Duschinsky was appointed in March 2012 as senior consultant on constitutional affairs to Policy Exchange. This role follows his membership in 2011-12 of the Commission on a Bill of Rights – a body set up by Britain’s Coalition Government to provide advice on the controversial issue of reform of the country’s Human Rights Act as well as reform of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In 2011, Policy Exchange published his study titled Bringing Rights Back Home: Making human rights compatible with parliamentary democracy in the UK.
In 2010-11, he was a member of the academic panel appointed to advise another official UK body, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, on its investigation into the reform of party funding in Britain. He also acted as the Committee’s consultant on comparative political finance. He serves as a board member of the Washington-based International Foundation on Electoral Systems and president of the International Political Science Association’s research committee on political finance and political corruption; he continues to contribute regularly to Standpoint Magazine.
Michael graduated from Oxford with first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; he then obtained an MA in Government at Cornell University and a D. Phil. in Politics at Oxford. He held academic posts at Merton College, Oxford, Pembroke College, Oxford and Brunel University as well as visiting positions at Boston University, Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He was a founder governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy, and honorary academic adviser to Claims for Jewish Slave Labour Compensation. He was several times a consultant to the Policy Planning Staff of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a consultant to numerous governmental and international organisations as well as NGOs in some 25 countries, mainly on constitutional reform, democracy promotion, anti-corruption and the funding of political parties and election campaigns.