Justine Hughes (Born 30?? - died 3???) was the mother of Philip Hughes and a member of the influential family which controlled IrTech, the Irian based industrial company. Her son Philip married Jessica Halas, the future Captain-General of the Free Worlds League, after an engagement announced in January 3081.>
As Philip was a cadet member of an influential Irian family, there was much speculation at the time that the engagement was a matter of political expediency to create close ties between the industrial base on Irian and Oriente in the wake of Irian joining the Republic of the Sphere. Despite these rumours, Duke Halas was quick to comment on the marriage as a parent:
|“||While as Duchess and Duke we recognize the tremendous diplomatic and dynastic import of this union, Sherryl and I would like to say that we are far more proud of our daughter and her husband-to-be simply as parents who wish their children all the happiness in the world.||”|
|— Duke Thomas Halas, 15th January 3081|
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 26, "Halas Heir Engaged To Irian Scion"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 61, "The Jihad In Review"