Sujit Choudhry: Prominent Constitutional Law Expert
Sujit Choudhry is a director at Center for Constitutional Transitions. He has served as the dean school of law at the University of California, Berkeley. Also at the University of Toronto, he has served as Scholl Chair. He has been Cecelia Goetz law professor at the New York University. Sujit Choudhry is known for being an authority in the field of ‘comparative constitutional law and politics.’ Sujit Choudhry has addressed law bodies from over 20 countries and has been an accomplished advisor in the constitutional building process. According to blogs.law.nyu.edu, he has played a major role in helping countries such as Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, Ukraine, Tunisia and Libya in formulating their constitutions. Sujit Choudhry holds a number of law degrees from a number of institutions that include Oxford, the Harvard, Toronto, and Rhodes. Keep up-to-date with his latest work, check on researchgate.net.
Sujit Choudhry conducts research in the area of comparative constitutional law and politics that include constitutional design. Sujit Choudhry views with constitutional design as a way of managing a transition from a conflict environment to practicing peaceful democratic politics. Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org. This is the reason most of his work is related to countries that have experienced either religion, racially or ethnic based conflicts. Sujit Choudhry has also been involved in writing laws for the Canadian Constitution. A relevant article to read here.
One of Sujit Choudhry recent involvements has been in the top constitutional expert’s group in Kiev. This group has been negotiating about the semi-presidential system of governance used in Ukraine. At the top of their to-do list is to discuss the challenges this system is facing in its implementation. This meeting has incorporated some of the biggest think tanks in Ukraine. Sujit Choudhry has addressed the team of experts on a number of issues that include executive powers and the unstable state of Ukraine’s democracy. He attributes this sorry state of democracy in Ukraine to the concentration of power around the presidency, weak political parties and the parliamentary electoral system used in selecting key leaders. In this meeting, Sujit Choudhry has worked alongside experts such as Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University, Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA. Others are Sergyi Holovatyi, a representative of Human Rights group in Ukraine and Viktor Musiaka, the president of Supreme Court.
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