Lawyers and Land Reform in South Africa: A Review of the Land, Housing & Development Work of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC)

September 2001
Robin Palmer (Oxfam GB Land Policy Adviser)

An historical review of the land reform work of the South African Legal Resources Centre, a non-profit public interest law centre which seeks to use law as an instrument of justice by providing legal services for the vulnerable and marginalised. Includes the creation of the LRC; the challenge of ending apartheid – going for new laws, a new constitution, and social and economic rights; donors, the project approach and its impact on the LRC; review of the Land, Housing and Development Programme; future roles and possibilities for the LRC – relations with government, the Western Cape alliance?; the focus issue; the funding question � internal or external?; what impacts beyond the borders?