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The annual Draper Lecture: Human rights and leadership in a lawless world

Tuesday 12 February 18:30 until 19:30
The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL
Speaker: Paul van Zyl
Part of the series: The annual Draper Lecture

You are invited to our 10th annual Draper Lecture on human rights. In a year that marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, we are delighted to have Paul van Zyl as our speaker.

The Draper Lecture: Human rights and leadership in a lawless world?
From zero-hour contracts to state-sponsored international crime, what role does leadership play to ensure human rights and social justice remain a global priority in the pursuit of a better world?

Date: Tuesday 12 February 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm followed by a drinks and canapé reception 
Venue: The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Book your place here

Paul was Executive Secretary of South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission from 1995-98. Working alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, he was central to a process that sought to address the painful past of participants on all sides of apartheid.

He will reveal how the leadership of Mandela and Tutu created a commission that allowed the past injustices to be brought into the present; and the lessons that can be drawn from this experience that resonate with human rights and social justice across the world today.

Reflecting also on his time with the International Center for Transitional Justice, and his success in establishing a global ethical fashion business, a social enterprise founded on principles of social justice, Paul will focus on the role leadership has to play from governance to action in ensuring the weakest have a voice and are represented.

About the speaker:

Paul van Zyl grew up in South Africa. An anti-apartheid activist, Paul trained as a human rights lawyer, gaining a BA and LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He served as Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1995-98. Paul then co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice in 2001.

Paul is also the co-founder and CEO of Maiyet, a luxury fashion brand that partners with global artisans to incorporate exquisitely handcrafted details. He also recently co-founded The Conduit Club, a members’ club based in Mayfair, London that seeks to connect thinkers, leaders and innovators in social change, business and the arts to force impact for the greater social good.

Exclusive pre-event networking for alumni in the legal profession

Sussex is well-represented by legal professionals in London, so we’d like to invite you to come early to the Law Society Reading Room and network with alumni in the same field, along with our law faculty and students.

If you would like to join us from 5.45pm for drinks and networking, please specify that you will be attending via the Draper Lecture booking form.


This event will promote the Mandela Scholarship at Sussex, and is kindly supported by Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd

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Posted on behalf of: Development and Alumni Relations Office
Last updated: Friday, 30 November 2018

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