President of the Iran Tribunal Truth Commission Professor Copithorne’s impressive career spans six decades, during which he specialized in international law. After being called to the BC Bar in 1956, Professor Copithorne joined the Canadian Foreign Service. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1986 to take a visiting professorship position with the UBC Faculty of Law and has been with the Faculty ever since. In addition to teaching, he has held a variety of external appointments including United Nations Special Representative on the Human Rights Situation in Iran (1995-2002). Copithorne has received several awards and honours including being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981, the Great Trekker Award from the University of British Columbia Alma Mater Society in 1997, and the Renata Shearer Award for “outstanding contributions to human rights” in 2000.