Founding Director Sujit Choudhry of the Center for Constitutional Transitions recently participated in putting together a roundtable. The roundtable was held December 18, 2017, at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. It was attended by lawyers who specialize in constitutions and included people from the United States, Hungary, Poland, and other European nations.
The roundtable discussed the situation that is currently going on in Hungary and Poland. In particular, they made the assumption that these two nations could once again be constitutional democracies despite the current trend not looking that way. In what has been called the Third Wave Of Democratization, several countries that make up Central and Eastern Europe have gone from being under authoritarian rule to being democracies. Many of these countries are now part of the European Union and are very successful. Unfortunately, Poland and Hungary have been becoming less democratic in recent years, a process known as “authoritarian backsliding”. Additional article on patch.com.
The goal of this roundtable Sujit Choudhry helped put together was to tackle several issues including the cause of this backsliding, the consequences of it, and constitutional matters among others. They compared these two countries to other countries that have in the past slid from democracies to authoritarian nations such as India, South Africa, Slovakia, and Colombia.
In addition to his work at the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit is also a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught constitutional law in both the United States and Canada. Additionally, he has provided his expertise as a constitutional advisor to a number of emerging democracies around the world such as Libya, Joran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and more. More related reading here.
Sujit Choudhry got his undergraduate degree at McGill University in 1992. As a Rhodes Scholar he then attended the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where he got his bachelor’s degree in law. He earned another law bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto and then attended Harvard Law School to earn his masters in this subject. His professional career started in 1996 when he was chosen to be a law clerk for a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada. Check on law.nyu.edu to read about his exemplary achievements.
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