We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lord Joffe last week. Lord Joffe was a member of our advisory board and his unswerving support for promoting the rule of law will be fondly remembered by all those who were fortunate enough to meet him. He was always willing to share his wealth of legal wisdom, including his experience as a member of Nelson Mandela's defence team at the Rivonia Trial, and was an invaluable supporter of our organisation in its formative years. His legacy will continue to be an inspiration to all of those who see the rule of law as a solution to injustice and exploitation.
A Nigerian Court ruled last week that the compulsory eviction of tens of thousand of people in Lagos was unconstitutional. Inhabitants had in some cases been reportedly chased from their homes and inadequate steps had been taken to ensure that those affected were satisfactorily resettled. This is a demonstration of the potential power of the rule of law to hold governments to account with regards to unsatisfactory resettlement arrangements, a power that has also been demonstrated by the successful Ha Lejone claimants supported by Protimos and the Seinoli Legal Centre. Protimos congratulates all of those involved in securing last week's ruling.