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School of Law Commencement

Listen to that inner voice that compels you to intervene on behalf of those whose rights are being violated, said Paul van Zyl, a key architect of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to the 300 graduates of Santa Clara University School of Law on May 19. “My work on human rights in over 35 countries across the world has convinced me that there is no such thing as the erosion of rights for only some people,” said 2012 commencement speaker van Zyl, who is now CEO of the social-entrepreneur business Maiyet. “I believe how a country treats the weakest and the worst offers a telling window into its soul… Once the violations begin, they set a precedent, diminish moral outrage, and are seldom confined to that infinitely malleable definition of ‘the enemy’.” More on his speech and the event can be found at


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