Dr. Kyle Kirkup is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). His research explores the role of constitutional law, criminal law, and family law in regulating contemporary norms of gender identity and sexuality.
Kyle’s work has appeared in the University of Toronto Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Ottawa Law Review, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, the Canadian Journal of Education, and the Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity. He is currently working on a book length manuscript, under contract with UBC Press, titled Law and Order Queers: Respectability, Victimhood, and the Carceral State.
Kyle’s SSHRC-funded research program with Dr. Lee Airton (Queen’s University), titled “Gender expression under construction: How school boards are shaping Ontario’s newest human rights category,” investigates how Ontario publicly-funded school boards are interpreting ‘gender expression’ protections.
Kyle holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (SJD 2017), where he was a 2013 Trudeau Scholar and a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar. He also studied at Yale Law School (LLM 2012), the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (JD 2009), and the College of the Humanities at Carleton University (BHum 2006).
In 2010-2011, Kyle served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada. He also taught advanced constitutional law in the Faculty of Law at Western University and worked at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010.
Kyle is a frequent media contributor, most recently publishing editorials in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Policy Options, and TVO on topics including same-sex marriage, solitary confinement, trans people in Canadian prisons, the Court Challenges Program, judicial complaints, sex work, and HIV non-disclosure. He has also been interviewed by media outlets including the CBC, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, Global News, the Toronto Star, the National Post, TVO’s The Agenda, BBC Canada, CTV Your Morning, The McGill Law Journal Podcast, and Torontoist about his research.
Kyle has appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as an expert witness on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and sex work. He has appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights as an expert witness on the legal regulation of trans people in federal prisons. He has written expert reports on LGBTQ human rights issues in policing and corrections settings for the Office of the Correctional Investigator and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He also served as the principal investigator and author of Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario. From 2012-2019, he was also a member of the Egale Canada Legal Issues Committee. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of MAX: Ottawa’s Health Connection for Guys into Guys.