Justin Hughes teaches intellectual property, international trade, and internet law at Cardozo Law School, where students selected him for best professor awards in 2000, 2006, 2009, and 2010. He was Director of the law school's Intellectual Property Program from 2004 through 2008; he is the founder and faculty director of the law school's Indie Film Clinic, the first of its kind.
Since November 2009, Professor Hughes has also served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In that capacity he leads many of the United States' delegations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Before joining academia, Professor Hughes did intellectual property policy in the Clinton Administration. He also 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.
In the 1990s, Professor Hughes did volunteer work in democracy development in Latin America, west Africa, and the Balkans, including serving as deputy producer for the first televised presidential debates in Bosnia (1998) following the Dayton Peace Accords. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage, headquartered in Paris.
Professor Hughes is the author of several articles on intellectual property, internet law, international arbitration, and linguistics. He was educated at Oberlin and Harvard.