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Kyle Kirkup

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa
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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 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, 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 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 is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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 judicial complaints, sex work, and HIV non-disclosure. Kyle has also appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as an expert witness and has written expert reports for the Office of the Correctional Investigator and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.