Patricia Hughes

Uploaded Image: 
Dr. Patricia Hughes

Patricia Hughes has been the Executive Director of the Law Commission
of Ontario since September 15, 2007, and is an ex-officio member of the LCO Board of Governors. Dr. Hughes’ academic career spans more than thirty-five years and she has taught at various Canadian universities, and written extensively in the areas of constitutional law, dispute resolution and feminist legal theories, as well as in administrative law, labour law and legal education and access to justice.

Professional Career:

• Executive Director of Education and Scholar in Residence in the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP (2006 – 2007)
• Dean of Law, University of Calgary (2001 – 2006)
• Chair of Women and Law, University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law (1992 – 2001)
• Alternate Chair of the Ontario Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal (1990 – 1992)
• Vice-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (1986 – 1990)
• Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario (1984 – 1986)
• Has written and spoken on legal aid and access to the legal system and administrative process, as well as on a wide variety of issues in labour law, women’s rights and constitutional law

• Recipient of the Law Society of Alberta Recognition of Service (2006)
• Recipient of the Alberta Centenary Medal (2005)

• B.A., Political Science, McMaster University
• M.A., Political Science, McMaster University
• Ph.D., Political Theory, University of Toronto
• LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School (1982)

Called to the Bar:
• 2001 (Alberta)
• 1984 (Ontario)



English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish