Sujit Choudhry’s Contribution to Constitutional Change in New Democracies

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Sujit Choudry is the founding director of The Center for Constitutional Transitions. The organization supports constitution building by bringing together leading experts to provide policy options to decision makers. Mr. Choudry is proud of having assembled leading experts from all over the works to build global knowledge networks. The organization has partnered with several groups including NGOs and think tanks, and worked with more than 50 experts across 25 nations.

The mission of the organization

Sujit Choudhry founded The Center for Constitutional Transitions to provide useful information to countries developing or revising constitutions. As an advisor to emerging democracies for several years, he noticed that the information available on the subject was outdated, incomplete or non-existent. The lack of relevant research hindered effective constitutional advice. His organization seeks to fill this gap by making it easier to access relevant resources.  See additional article on

How his immigrant background has helped

Mr. Choudhry received law training in three countries allowing him to quickly understand new legal and political settings. This has greatly contributed to his professional success as every democracy has particular issues, stakeholders and histories. Sujit Choudry’s parents, who were professors, instilled the love of learning in him. He holds law degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Toronto. He also has a lot of experience in public policy, and knowledge on political decision-making gained from that background.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a law Professor at University of California, Berkeley. He also served as a Dean at the university’s school of law. He has worked as a professor at New York University and Scholl Chair at University of Toronto. He is a globally recognized authority on constitutional law and politics, who uses wide ranging research and experience to provide advice on constitutional building processes. The expert has advised countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Nepal, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine.

To read Sujit’s blogs and updates, visit Sujit here.

Mr. Choudhry studies comparative constitutional law and politics. Specific areas of interest include using constitutional design to manage transitions from conflict to democratic policy, constitution design in societies that are divided ethically, semi-presidentialism, official language policy, presidentialism, constitutional building among others. More to read about Sujit on

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