Roxanne Mykitiuk

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Roxanne Mykitiuk is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where she teaches in the areas of Disability Law, Health Law, Bioethics and Family Law. She is the Director of the Disability Law Intensive clinical program. 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 another project, she is exploring Article 12 of the CRPD as part of the VOICES project – collectively and collaboratively exploring the meaning of self-determination in health care decision making with a woman who calls herself a “schizophroenist”. In a recently funded SSHRC project, she is using legal research and digital story making to investigate episodic disability in the workplace and assist employers to adopt policies that are accommodating to the needs of variously positioned workers with episodic disabilities. Finally, in another recently funded SSHRC partnership grant, Roxanne will be 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.

Research Interests: Health Law, Disability Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Family Law