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Statement on the death of Lord Joffe

19th Jun 2017

Lord Joffe, Oxfam's former Chair and the lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial, sadly passed away on Sunday 18 June 2017.

Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB's Chief Executive, said:

"Joel had an enormous influence on Oxfam and its staff for over 20 years. His unswerving sense of justice and commitment to ending poverty was an inspiration to all those who worked with him. He was able to use his sharp legal mind and years of experience in business to challenge authority and increase the effectiveness of our work around the world. His fearless campaigning for care of the elderly, corporate responsibility and global development shaped the world for the better yet he always maintained his trademark self-deprecating sense of humour. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Ends

Notes to the editor:

Read more about Joel Joffe's long and varied life in his obituary: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/joel-joffe

For more information, please contact Kai Tabacek on ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7584 265 077