Elaine L Hughes is a Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Prior to joining the University of Alberta in 1989, she taught at the University of New Brunswick Law Faculty, Fredericton, and spent some time in private practice in Alberta doing civil litigation. Her degrees are a BSc (Special) in Zoology from the University of Alberta (1980), an LLB from that same university in 1984, and an LLM from the University of British Columbia in 1988.
Elaine has published numerous articles on a variety of environmental and natural resource topics, and her books include The Price of Pollution: Environmental Litigation in Canada (1990) with Elizabeth Swanson, co-author, and three editions of Environmental Law and Policy (1993, 1998, and 2003) with Alastair Lucas and William Tilleman, co-editors.
In addition to her work in environmental education and litigation, Elaine has interests in environmental rights, forestry, parks, marine pollution, environmental offences, pesticides, animal welfare, and ecofeminist theory. She also works on international environmental issues and has participated in a number national academic boards and committees. She retired from the Alberta Bar in 2008 and from the University of Alberta in 2014.