Justin Hughes, Hon. William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Chair

Hon. William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Chair
Professor of Law

Courses Taught

  • International Trade
  • Copyright Law
  • Copyright and New Technologies
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law


  • BA, Oberlin College
  • JD, Harvard University


Prior to joining Loyola in 2013, Professor Justin Hughes taught at Cardozo Law School where he served as director of Cardozo’s Intellectual Property Program, 2004 through 2008, and founded the law school’s Indie Film Clinic, the first of its kind.

From 2009 through 2013, Professor Hughes also worked in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In that capacity he was the United States chief negotiator for the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (2012) and the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind (2013). 

In the 1990s, Professor Hughes did volunteer work in democracy development in Latin America, West Africa and the Balkans.  He has practiced law in Paris and Los Angeles. As a Henry Luce Scholar, he clerked for the Lord President of the Malaysian Supreme Court in Kuala Lumpur.  

Recent Scholarship

  • Globalization, Revising the Terms of Trade, and the Return of ‘History,’ 14 Ohio State Business Law Journal (forthcoming, 2019)

  • Actors as Authors in American Copyright Law, 51 Connecticut Law Review 1 (2019)

  • Non-Traditional Trademarks and the Dilemma of Aesthetic Functionality, in The Protection of Non-Traditional Marks: Critical Perspectives (Calboli and Senftleben, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018)

  • Landmark Trademarks, 52 Wake Forest Law Review 1163 (2017)

  • Copyright and Distributive Justice, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev 513 (2017) (with Robert Merges).

  • Motion Pictures, Markets, and Copylocks, 23 George Mason Law Review 941 (2016)