Michelle Hughes

Rule of Law for the Next Generation

Speaking and Education


Michelle Hughes is a highly regarded speaker who frequently appears at conferences, seminars and symposiums on issues ranging from conflict stabilization, to governance, justice, and security force development.  She also teaches rule of law, interagency coordination, and  security sector reform in classrooms and workshop settings.  She is a Senior Fellow with the National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College, and the Senior Development Advisor to the LLM Program in Rule of Law for Development at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. 

VALRAC Innovation, LLC


Michelle Hughes is the Founder, President, and CEO of VALRAC Innovation, LLC, a niche consulting company dedicated to preparing the next generation to restore and strengthen the rule of law at home and abroad.  Representative clients include development companies, think tanks and academic institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Field Work


Michelle Hughes is first and foremost a practitioner, best known for her ability to embrace operational complexity and create holistic approaches for sustainable development.  She has led rule of law, governance, and security sector reform activities in Central and South America, the Balkans, East and West Africa, and Afghanistan where she served in several senior positions starting in 2009 -- most notably as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the NATO Police Development Mission. 

Writing and Publication


Michelle Hughes is the co-author and co-editor of the forthcoming book, "Impunity: Confronting Illicit Power Structures in War and Transition." She is also the principal author of the "Joint Force Commander's Handbook on Military Support to Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform" as well as numerous articles on building justice, governance, and security in post-conflict and political transition. Follow Michelle's Rule of Law blog at: