Sujit Choudhry: Remedying Semi-presidentialism In The Ukraine

The Ukraine recently hosted Sujit Choudhry, a global authority on constitutional law and policies to address its semi-presidential roundtable conference last month. The forum attracted experts from around the globe. With the nation’s ongoing constitutional crisis, Mr. Choudhry remarked on getting an opportunity to meet and discuss reform options. Largely, Ukraine’s constitutional issues are largely motivated by a division of powers, incompetent leadership, and its broken electoral system. The event held in the nation’s capital, Kiev, on July 10th, was organized by a collective, including intergovernmental organizations, the CPLR (Center of Policy and Legal Reform) and the International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance).

With the objective to stabilize democratization, having well-cultured constitutional practitioners share their views will aid the decision-making process. Among dignitaries from some 25+ countries Sergyi Holovatyi (Ukrainian constitutional commission member), Viktor Musiaka (Supreme Court president spokesman), Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University, Vladimir Vasilenko (Human Rights advocate), Sumit Bisarya of the International IDEA, and Ihor Koliushko of the CPLR graced the occasion.

As the CCTs (Center for Constitutional Transitions) director, Sujit Choudhry has developed a wealth of expertise and knowledge as a constitutional policy/process advisor to many countries. The UC-Berkeley I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law has aided countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Jordan, South Africa and Libya before consulting the Ukraine, check   Professor Sujit Choudhry is an International IDEA partner. With an eclectic background researching the mechanics of comparative constitutional lawmaking and the political space, he’s erudite on all subject matters from federalism to semi-presidentialism.

Sujit Choudhry formerly served as NYU’s (New York University) Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law before being designated as Scholl Chair of Toronto University. The honorary Rhodes Scholar received his law degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Toronto University. He’s also a World Bank UN Development Program advisor and UN Mediation Roster member. Related article on here.  Mr. Choudhry has joined R.Stacey and T. Sidelius as a co-author of another comprehensive research study. The series assesses the dynamics of Ukrainian constitutional instability and semi-presidentialism. It’s one of three collaborative research projects he’s undertaken recently, which is scheduled for official publication by the International IDEA and the CCT (Center for Constitutional Transitions) later this year.   Additional article to read on

In addition, he’s concluded research focused on constitutional transitions in certain territories, a study funded by Oxford University Press. In cooperation with the International IDEA, the CCT, and the Forum Fed (Forum of Federations); he’s also produced policy manuals that explore the security sector and its oversight mandate. The manual closely investigates the influence of Partisan Abuse and Authoritarian Backsliding, which threatens the democracy.  For added info, hit on

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