IDLO today paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, hours after his death was announced. "He was a giant among nations," IDLO Director-General Irene Khan said. "For many around the world, he embodied the ideals of justice and humanity. He chose legality over revenge, and repaid oppression with an unshakeable belief in inclusive societies. His rejection of ethnic supremacy, and his embrace of a future based on rights, set a blueprint for rebuilding countries emerging from conflict or historic trauma."