The great Sujit Choudhry

February 22, 2018

Mid last year in July, a meeting was held in Kiev where a team of experts hosted by major think tanks discussed among many things, the semi-presidential system in Ukraine. The meeting was attended by many dignitaries among them, Sujit Choudhry, director Center for Constitutional Transition. The two main hosts for the meeting were the Center of Policy and Legal Reform and the International Institute for Democracy and Electorate Assistance. In Mr. Choudhry’s opinion, the key factors contributing to the instability in Ukraine are among many others the power bestowed upon the presidency, weak political parties and the flawed electoral system.

Mr. Choudhry has traveled the globe giving lectures in various countries and advised on constitutional matters in others. He observed there’s an increase in the participation of transitional democracies decisions pertaining to the making of the constitution.  Check

The knowledge necessary for constitutional building originates from the Center of Constitutional Transitions. They lead teams of experts in various fields who are tasked with providing policy options backed with evidence. Also, they partner with various organizations; both think tanks and non-profit organizations. The partners participate in the conceptualization of projects and recruitment of capable manpower and scholars. The integration of experts from different countries is the major reason why the center does so well.

Sujit Choudhry is a professor of law at Berkeley Law School, University of California and at Michael Heyman (  Turning forty-eight years old this year, he has a lot of life’s achievements. He is the first Indian-American dean at the University of California. He is also a Rhodes Scholar and got his law degrees from prestigious institutions; he undertook his undergraduate studies at Oxford University and later went on to Harvard School of law where he got his Master’s degree.

In many countries, Mr. Sujit Choudhry has served as an advisor in the constitutional building process, case in point in Canada where he also participated in writing the Canadian constitutional law. His efforts have been rewarded ( Among them, Practitioner of the Year award in 2011 from the South Asian Bar Association. He has also authored many books which have been used in many countries during the constitutional building process.

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