Brendan Hughes

Brendan Hughes has been working at EMCDDA since 2001 in the field of national drug legislation, after gaining a Masters degree in International Criminal Law (LLM) specialising in narcotics law. He manages the European Legal Database on Drugs (ELDD) which holds various comparative overviews and analyses on different topics relevant to drug laws; not only use, possession and trafficking laws, but also issues such as drug classifications, threshold quantities, alternatives to punishment, drug driving, procedures for classifying new substances as drugs, and regulatory frameworks for substitution treatment. He published the first European quantitative comparison of drug law sentencing and outcome statistics in 2009, and is currently working on a pilot index for comparing drug laws across countries and over time.