Peter A Allard School of Law

Melanie McPhail

PhD Student
BA (hons) (Queen’s), JD (Western), LLM (Western), PhD Candidate (University of British Columbia)



Melanie McPhail is a doctoral student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her research investigates the regulation of innovative health technologies, including novel regulatory authorization and reimbursement approaches.

In addition to her doctoral research, Melanie is a Research Associate at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences, working on a Genome BC funded project titled Canadian Network for Learning Healthcare Systems and Cost-Effective ‘Omics Innovation. Melanie also serves as an Alternate Member with Expertise in Law on the Health Canada – Public Health Agency of Canada Research Ethics Board.

Supervisor: Cristie Ford, Tania Bubela



  • M. McPhail et al, “The Importance of and Challenges with Adopting Life-Cycle Regulation and Reimbursement in Canada” (2022) 17:3 Healthcare Policy 81.
  • M. McPhail, E. Weiss & T. Bubela, “Conditional Drug Approval as a Path to Market for Oncology Drugs in Canada: Challenges and Recommendations for Assessing Eligibility and Regulatory Responsiveness” (2022) 8 Frontiers in Medicine.
  • M. McPhail & J.J. Shelley, “Restrictions on the Marketing and Advertising of Food Products” in Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Nathalie J Chalifour & Angela Lee, eds, Food Law in Canada (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2019).
  • M.McPhail & J.J. Shelley, “Freedom of Expression Litigation and the Harms of Cannabis”, (2019) 96:3 University of Toronto Medical Journal 69.
  • M. McPhail “Making Lyme Disease Law: The Role of Patient Advocacy in Health Law and Policy”, (2017) 1:8 Queen’s Policy Review 105


  • “The Use of Risk-Sharing Agreements to Reimburse High-Cost Oncology Drugs: Legal, Regulatory and Policy Considerations”, lightning presentation at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference (Nov 11, 2021)
  • “Existing and Proposed Regulatory Efforts in Support of Learning Health Systems and Precision Oncology in Canada”, invited seminar presentation for CLEONet Working Group (Mar 26, 2021)
  • “Cannabis Data and Emerging Technology”, invited Panelist at Canada 2020’s Canadian Grown Conference (Oct 17, 2019)
  • “Cannabis Legalization and the Future of Health Policy” invited keynote address at Western University’s Rotaract Annual Global Health Symposium Feb 4, 2018
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Research Interests

  • Administrative law and regulatory governance
  • Health law and policy
  • Law, science and technology
  • Legal methodology and interdisciplinary approaches

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