Justin Hughes


Honorable William Matthew Byrne Professor of Law

Loyola Law School

Justin Hughes is the Honorable William Matthew Byrne Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches international trade and intellectual property courses. He is also a Visiting Professor on the Faculty of Law, Oxford University and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki for 2024.

From 2009 until 2013, Professor Hughes served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property (USPTO). In that capacity, he was the US chief negotiator for two multilateral IP treaties, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (2012) and the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind (2013).

Educated at Oberlin and Harvard, Professor Hughes practiced international arbitration in Paris, was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and, as a Henry Luce Scholar, clerked for the Lord President of the Supreme Court of Malaysia. From 2006-2009, he was Chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage. Professor Hughes has also done volunteer democracy development work in Albania, Bosnia, El Salvador, Haiti, and Mali. Papers and other writings available at http://www.justinhughes.net and on SSRN.