The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the worldwide federation of national Amateur Radio organizations. Its membership consists of more than 160 member-societies in as many countries and separate territories. The IARU was founded at a meeting in Paris in 1925. The IARU is recognized by the ITU as the representative of the interests of the amateur and amateur-satellite services. The IARU is a Sector Member of the ITU Radiocommunication and Development Sectors and participates in the Study Groups of both Sectors. Its Web site is www.iaru.org.
Timothy S Ellam is President of the International Amateur Radio Union. He became a special technical advisor on legal matters to the IARU in 1999. In 2001 he was elected to the IARU Region 2 executive committee and subsequently as IARU Vice President (2004) and President (2009). Tim serve as counsel and in other executive positions to Canadian IAR Member society, Radio Amateurs of Canada and one of its predecessor organizations from 1990 to 1999. He has held a Canadian Advanced Amateur License since 1977 (VE6SH) and a British Amateur License since 1978 (as G4HUA). Mr. Ellam has represented the IARU at a number of ITU meetings since 2001.
Professionally, he is a lawyer with a major Canadian law firm and part of the management team. He has appeared as senior litigation counsel in patent, licensing, copyright and technology related trials, arbitrations and hearings. In addition, he provides related advice to his clients on general commercial litigation. He has acted on a number of telecommunication matters and appeared for radio amateurs before the Federal Court of Canada and a number of Development Appeal Boards. Mr. Ellam is also the co-author of Dispute Resolution in the Telecommunications Sector, published by the International Telecommunications Union and the World Bank and a contributing author to Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur. Tim is also a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts – Civil) in the Law Society of England and Wales and holds Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts in that jurisdiction. He also holds the designation Fellow in International Legal Practice granted by the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales and was recently elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.