Joshua Snukal

  • Joshua Snukal

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Joshua Snukal is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School.

He researches across the field of comparative constitutional studies, with a focus on the relations between government branches, models of rights protection, and counter-terrorism measures.

His doctoral thesis involves a comparative examination of the use of non-punitive detention as a counter-terrorism measure in Canada and France.

Joshua holds a JD from the University of Calgary and an LLM from the University of Southern California. He also holds an MA (Honours) in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews and speaks French and Spanish. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, he completed articles of clerkship at the Provincial Court of Alberta and practiced criminal law in Calgary.

Thesis Title

Faux amis: Translating Canadian and French notions of the separation of powers and the rule of law in the context of the detention of suspected terrorists after 9/11

Thesis Summary

The governments of Canada and France have each contended with the vexing problem of incapacitating suspected terrorists. In both countries, detention and judicial control orders have emerged as accepted counter-terrorism measures. My thesis examines judicial reactions to the use of non-punitive detention as a method for the prevention of terrorism and the incapacitation of suspected terrorists. It considers how the Canadian and French courts, within their distinct constitutional traditions, make allowances for national security needs while maintaining standards of government accountability.


  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law