Jula Hughes



Law, Faculty of

Ludlow Hall 204A


1 506 447 3398

Research interests

  • #MMIW
  • Criminalization of marginalized populations
  • Criminal Code reform
  • Indigenous law and governance
  • Judicial ethics


Jula Hughes MA, PhD, LLB, formerly of the Ontario bar, joined UNB Law in 2006 after practicing labour, employment and human rights law in Ottawa after clerking for Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. She was the co-chair of a review of New Brunswick's legal aid system commissioned by the provincial Minister of Justice in 2007 and counsel for the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission before the Supreme Court of Canada in New Brunswick (Human Rights Commission) v. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., 2008 SCC 45.

She currently serves as the Chair of the Federal Witness Protection Program Advisory Committee of the RCMP, as faculty liaison of the Access to Justice Coalition of New Brunswick, as Vice President of the Fredericton Legal Advice Clinic, and as a member of the Board of the New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition.

Courses taught

  • Foundations of Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Jurisprudence

Current research projects

  • With Elizabeth Blaney: “Looking out for each other: A research and community action collaboration for improved services for the families of missing Aboriginal women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities”
    • Funded by SSHRC and Status of Women Canada, this research and community action project will implement a helpline for families and friends of missing Indigenous people in Eastern Canada.
  • With Wendy Wetteland: “Governance of Native Councils: Instances of Indigenous Lawmaking”
  • “Is #MMIW an Aboriginal Rights Issue? The Intersectional Resonance of Section 35”

Selected publications

With Philip Bryden: “Implications of Judicial Disqualification for Case Management and Active Adjudication” (2017) 54:4 Alberta Law Review 849. (Principal Author)

“The New Victims: Perpetrators before the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission” in Brieg Capitaine and Karine Vanthuyne, eds, Power through Testimony: Reframing Residential Schools in the Age of Reconciliation (Vancouver: UBC Press 2017) 177

“James Fitzjames Stephen: History of the Criminal Law of England” in Dauchy, Serge, Georges Martyn, Anthony Musson, Heikki Pihlajamäki, and Alain Wijffels, eds. The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books that Made the Law in the Age of Printing. Studies in the History of Law and Justice Vol. 7 (Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2016)

With Vanessa MacDonnell and Karen Pearlston: “Equality & Incrementalism: The Role of Common Law Reasoning in Constitutional Rights Cases” (2014) 44:3 Ottawa Law Review 467.

With Vanessa MacDonnell: “Social Science Evidence in the German Constitutional Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada: Some Comparative Observations” (2013) 32:1 National Journal of Constitutional Law 23.

Detailed research publications

Curriculum vitae