Michael Dale is a Senior Director, and Head of the Mining Division, in the firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. of Sandton, South Africa, and as such advises the mining, upstream petroleum, and construction material industries on mining projects and makes written and oral Departmental and Parliamentary submissions on behalf of mining industry representative bodies in regard to legislative developments.
He holds a doctorate in that field, is an Honorary Professor in the School of Law of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (where in 1983 he founded and for more than thirty years lectured Bachelors’, Masters’, and Post-Graduate Certificate courses in Mining Law and promoted Doctoral Theses at various universities), and is an Honorary Associate at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
He is the co-ordinating and a contributing author of a book on South African Mineral and Petroleum Law, a co-author of previous books on mineral law and practice, has contributed articles to national and international journals, has presented papers at national and international conferences on mining law, and for many years wrote the Mining Law Chapter in the Annual Survey of South African Law.
He was for many years a Council Member of the Section on Energy, Environmental, Natural Resources and Infrastructural Law of the International Bar Association, the Council's representative on the Section's Academic Advisory Group, the Chairman of the Mineral Committee of that Section, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.
He has from time to time been a member of the Mining Titles Regulations Board of South Africa, of the panel of assessors on the Land Claims Court of South Africa, and on various panels of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.