Roxanne Mykitiuk is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches in the areas of Disability Law, Health Law, Bioethics and Family Law. She is the founder and Director of the Disability Law Intensive clinical program and the new Director of Osgoode’s part-time LLM program specializing in Health Law. Professor Mykitiuk is also the Faculty Co-Chair of Enable York. From 1990-1992 she was Senior Legal Researcher for the Canadian Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. From 2002-2006 she was a member of the Ontario, Advisory Committee on Genetics and from 2005-2008, she was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. In 2009 Professor Mykitiuk was scholar in residence at the Law Commission of Ontario working on the Disability and Law Project. She is currently on the Board of Directors of ARCH Disability Law Clinic. Professor Mykitiuk was the Chair of York University’s Senate from 2013-2015.
Professor Mykitiuk is an active, engaged and collaborative researcher. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles, book chapters and books investigating the legal, ethical and social implications of new reproductive technologies and the new genetics and the legal construction and regulation of embodiment and disability. More recently her research has begun to create and investigate arts-based methods – digital stories and drama-based narratives – a means of challenging and re-representing experiences, images and conceptions of disability and normalcy.
Her current research projects are funded by CIHR, SSHRC, the Australian Research Council and the European Research Council. She is completing work exploring the reproductive health and intergenerational justice implications of exposures to ubiquitous household toxics, especially in relation to conceptions of harm using a debility and disability justice framework. In a recently funded SSHRC project, she is using legal research and digital story making to investigate episodic disability in the workplace and to assist employers to adopt policies that are accommodating to the needs of variously positioned workers with episodic disabilities. And, in another recently funded SSHRC partnership grant, Roxanne is the only legal researcher and co-investigator who is part of an interdisciplinary team of academic researchers and community partners carrying out a program of research that archives, incubates, exhibits, disseminates, studies and provides access to disability art produced by disabled, mad, fat and aging/ed people through research creation activities aimed at interrogating the central claim that access to art will provide disabled people with greater access to a fulfilled life beyond how full and equal access is imagined and protected under the law. Roxanne is also writing a book chapter exploring the implications of the CRPD for the regulation and use of reproductive and genetic technologies.
Research Interests: Disability Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Law and Embodiment, Genetic and Reproductive Technologies, Health Law, Family Law
Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): Professor Mykitiuk is available to supervise graduate students who demonstrate strong research and writing skills in the following areas: the interdisciplinary study of disability and the law; various topics of embodiment and the law; the legal regulation of reproductive and genetic technologies; various topics of health law; various topics of family law; reproductive health law.