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. His 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.
Before joining the University of Ottawa, Kyle was a 2013 Trudeau Scholar and a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He also studied at Yale Law School and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
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, and TVO on topics including same-sex marriage, solitary confinement, trans people in Canadian prisons, judicial complaints, sex work, and HIV non-disclosure. He also also been interviewed by media outlets including the CBC, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, Global News, the Toronto Star, theNational Post, The Lawyers Weekly, Xtra!, 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. He also served as the principal investigator and author of Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario. Commissioned by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, this two-year study is the first of its kind in Canada. He is also a member of the Egale Canada Legal Issues Committee, and he served as the Conference Coordinator for the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.