Jula Hughes

M.A., Ph.D., LL.B. of the Ontario Bar, Associate Professor. 


Professor Hughes researches in the areas of criminal law, comparative constitutional law and judicial ethics. She is the lead researcher on a multi-disciplinary, community-driven research project oUNB Faculty of Law Professor Jula Hughesn the Duty to Consult with Urban Aboriginals in Atlantic Canada conducted by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network. She is the volume editor of James Fitzjames Stephen’s History of the Criminal Law of England, a three-volume contribution to a Selected Works edition of Stephen’s legal, political and literary oeuvre.

Some of her recent publications include:

“Social Science Evidence in the German Constitutional Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada: Some Comparative Observations” National Journal of Constitutional Law (in press, fall 2013) (with Vanessa MacDonnell)

“Refining the Reasonable Apprehension of Bias Test: Providing Judges Better Tools for Addressing Judicial Disqualification” (2013) 36:1 Dalhousie Law Journal 171. (with Philip Bryden)

“The German Abortion Decisions and the Protective Function in German and Canadian Constitutional Law.” (2013) 50 Osgoode Hall Law Journal (in press 2013) (with Vanessa MacDonnell)

“Equality & Incrementalism: The Role of Common Law Reasoning in Constitutional Rights Cases after Bedford (ONCA)” (2013) 44 Ottawa Law Review (forthcoming) (with Vanessa MacDonnell and Karen Pearlston).

Hughes, Jula “Home Truths About Truth Commissions” In: Sasha Baglay and Laverne Jacobs (eds.) The Nature of Inquisitorial Processes in Administrative Regimes. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) 271-292.

Hughes, Jula, “Community-based Approaches to Access to Justice.” (2012) 63 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 68.

Hughes, Jula, “Instructive Past: Procedural lessons from the "Royal Commission On Aboriginal Peoples" for the "Canadian Truth And Reconciliation Commission On Indian Residential Schools", (2012) 27 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 101.

For more information on her research, see her SSRN author page at http://ssrn.com/author=747608


Professor Hughes teaches in the areas of criminal law, labour law and jurisprudence. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Potsdam, Germany from January to August of 2013 and taught Canadian Equality Law in that context.

University Service and Community Engagement

Professor Hughes serves on the Research Ethics Board of the University of New Brunswick.  She is the Past President of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers.

Professor Hughes is honoured to have been invited to contribute to a number of important community initiatives and organisations including the Access to Justice Coalition of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition, CAUT and as a Co-chair of the Legal Aid Review for New Brunswick in 2007.

She has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Ontario Superior Court and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.