Lawyer, academic, writer.


Kyle Kirkup is a lawyer, academic, and writer.  He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he is a 2013 Trudeau Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholar. Before joining the University of Toronto, Kyle completed graduate studies at Yale Law School (LLM, 2012). He also holds degrees from the University of Ottawa’s 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 has also taught in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, and worked at a national law firm in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Kyle’s research interests include criminal law and procedure, sentencing, and queer theory. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Brenda Cossman and Mariana Valverde, explores the role of police, courts, and prison officials in maintaining, contesting, and transforming contemporary norms of gender identity and sexuality. Kyle’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and the Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity.

Kyle is also a frequent media commentator, most recently publishing editorials on the law of sex work and HIV non-disclosure in The Globe and Mail and being interviewed by the CBC, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Post Media, and Torontoist about his research.

He  recently served as the principal investigator for Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario. Commissioned by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the project is the first of its kind in Canada. He is also a member of the Egale Canada Legal Issues Committee, and he serves on the Advisory Committee and the Organizing Committee for The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.

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