Sujit Choudhry: Professor of Law

Sujit Choudhry is the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, and he thinks the United States may cause a huge challenge to democratic constitutionalism, one of the greatest challenges since World War II. The constitution’s interpretation has been a topic brought to much debate recently. As an expert in constitutional law, he believes the United States’ exceptionalism may be damaged (works.bepress.com).  Sujit Choudhry insists the situation in the United States has similarities to situations in other countries and a lot can be learned from those democracies.

The Center for Constitutional Transitions is a network of experts that have been from 25 different countries who share knowledge of building and revising constitutions. Prior to founding the Center for Constitutional Transition, Sujit Choudhry has had more than 20 years experience as a constitutional advisor. While there is a lot of information already available, there are still large gaps in knowledge and the organization hopes to remedy that problem.

Sujit Choudhry has law degrees from three different countries. He has a Bachelors in Law from the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto. He earned his Master’s from Harvard Law School.

He started his career as a law clerk for Rt. Hon. Antonio Lamer. He was the Chief Justice of Canada. After this coveted position, Choudhry became a professor in different capacities at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2011, check blogs.law.nyu.edu. In 2011 he began teaching at the New York University School of Law as a Cecelia Goetz Professor. Currently, he is an I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Above all, there is one thing Sujit Choudhry stresses to listen to the people on the ground because they know what they need and what the situation is. Be responsive to them. Seeing things from the other point of view is important and you must immerse yourself quickly in the new environment.

 

Sujit Choudhry’s Take on Comparative Constitutional Law and Politics

Sujit Choudhry, a professor of law at the University of California and also the director at the Center for Constitutional Transactions. He is a well-recognized international authority on comparative constitutional law and politics. He has been a constitutional advisor for more than 20 years in a wide range of contexts.

Professor Choudhry has done several pieces of research addressing different issues in comparative constitutional law and politics including designing a constitutional tool that changes a violent conflict to a peaceful democratic politics. He has also published working paper reports, over ninety articles, and several book chapters.  To read about his published work, check indiawest.com.

Sujit Choudhry and various leading constitutional law scholars wrote an open letter for both Catalan and Spanish governments on the crisis in Catalonia they required a dialogue intervention on both sides. The aim was to enable the two governments to act in good faith and have an open-minded discussion on the constitutional issue at hand.

The open letter on Catalonia that was co-authored by Sujit Choudhry on the plea for dialogue states that governments; working out a peaceful, orderly, and agreeable ending to disputes will be in the best interest for all individuals within Spain and Catalonians borders including those outside. If not, the ideal foundation of European Union will be undermined.

The scholars proved that the Spanish government did their best to subdue voter turnout, yet it is not clear that the Catalonians have proved the secession and may be amenable to constitutional options that are not nearly as radical as secession. Though Mr. Rajoy is unlikely concerned of the Catalonians wishes and believes that he was justified to tackle the disagreements in a repressive fashion. The scholars are convincing him to understand it is not the case in international law. For views of the professor on politically related issues, hit on iconnectblog.com.

Relevant article here.

According to the scholars believe, Mr. Rajoy has to cease forceful tactics when dealing with Catalonians. He must show the willingness to embrace the outcome if the voters decide to become an independent nation. The scholars strictly believe that the referendum is the best choice to measure the will of the people. The Spain government cannot rule without violence since its actions have harmed democracy in both regions thus constitutional dialogue is the correct direction to go.  Additional article on constitutionaltransitions.org.

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