Joel Joffe is a former human rights lawyer. He is a former Deputy Chairman (and one of the founders) of Allied Dunbar Assurance, the Chairman of Oxfam and a founding patron of the Charity Technology Trust. He gave more than £5,000 to the Labour Party in 1997 and £10,000 in March 2001 .
He served on the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care and along with David (now also Lord) Lipsey, produced a minority report which enabled the Government to ignore the expensive provision of care recommended by the majority of Commission members. He is a staunch supporter of medical euthanasia and has repeatedly lobbied for the 'Right to Die' bill .
He was given his peerage in the 1999 New Years Honours list.