Boston University School of Law
abigail moncrieff


Abigail R. Moncrieff

Peter Paul Career Development Professor
Associate Professor of Law

BA, cum laude, Wellesley College
JD, with honors, University of Chicago Law School

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Phone: 617-353-2212

Areas of Interest:

  • Health Care Law
  • Health Care Law & Economics
  • Structural Constitutional Law
  • Legislation

Recent Course Topics:

  • Administrative Law
  • Health Care Reform & the Constitution

Associate Professor Abigail R. Moncrieff focuses her scholarly work on structural governmental barriers to efficiency in healthcare payment and delivery, as well as writing more broadly on structural constitutional law.  Professor Moncrieff has published articles on both federalism and separation of powers, publishing on the major questions exception to Chevron deference in Administrative Law Review, on healthcare federalism and separation of powers in Boston University Law Review, and on federalism issues in medical malpractice (and more broadly proposing a concept of “federalization snowballs”) in Columbia Law Review.  Her current project takes a structural view of individual substantive rights in American constitutional law and argues from that structural perspective that substantive due process should protect individual autonomy in healthcare decision-making.  At BU Law, Professor Moncrieff teaches the required first-year Legislation course, the Health Law survey course, and a seminar on Health Care Reform and the Constitution.  Before joining BU, Professor Moncrieff clerked for Judge Sidney R. Thomas on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and she was a research fellow at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center on Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.  Professor Moncrieff earned her JD from University of Chicago Law School in 2006, completed a Fulbright Fellowship on comparative healthcare policy in Switzerland in 2003, and earned her BA from Wellesley College in 2002.

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