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MLaw MLK Day Speaker Ties Together King, Mandela, and Gandhi in the Struggle for Human Rights

By John Masson
Jan. 23, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr.Listeners were in for something special on Martin Luther King Day Monday when they gathered in Hutchins Hall to hear longtime Michigan Law visiting Prof. Karthy Govender talk about King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela.

Prof. Govender's highly unusual background gives him a unique perspective on all three human rights giants. His full-time faculty appointment is at South Africa's University of KwaZulu-Natal, but he also has served as a commissioner on the South African Human Rights Commission and is a practicing advocate and chairperson of the South African Film and Publication Appeal Tribunal. He's also litigated on constitutional and administrative law matters as well as presided as an acting judge on the High Court of South Africa.

In introducing the day's program, Assistant Dean Christine Gregory, '96, noted that more than 100 Michigan Law students have worked in South Africa to further human rights since 1996 under the Law School's South Africa Externship program. Prof. Govender has been an important partner to the program, she added. Then she turned the floor over to one of those former externs, Michigan Law 3L Ben Halbig, who introduced Prof. Govender.

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