The establishing Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry recently joined a group of top constitutional experts in Kiev on 10th July. The meeting was set to discuss Ukraine’s government presidential system. Other experts who attended the workshop include Vladimir Vasilenko, a representative on Human Rights in Ukraine and Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University among others with in-depth knowledge on constitutional matters. The experts widely discussed the Ukrainian government’s semi-presidential system and the inherent challenges that face the system. The hearing was received by the Center for Policy and Legal Reform and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Other intergovernmental organizations in favor of democracy also took part in hosting the workshop. Check on constitutionaltransitions.org for more reading.
Sujit Choudhry noted that the Ukrainian democracy was unstable. The instability was as a result of the weak, numerous political parties in Ukraine, the concentration of presidential powers and the legislature’s electoral system. According to Sujit Choudhry, transitional democracies are crucial for making decisions during constitution making. Policy-based options that support the constitutional reform process should, therefore, be collected and discussed. Added reference on papers.ssrn.com.
The Center of Constitutional Transitions not only generates but also mobilizes knowledge that supports constitution making. The organization does this by leading and supporting international constitutional experts in constitution making. The center has been able to accomplish its mission through collaboration with other multilateral organization and NGOs. The partners often take part in the recruitment of experts, distribution of findings from research and organizing workshops.
Sujit Choudhry is a holder of law degrees from Oxford University, Toronto and Harvard. He currently works at the University of California as the I. Michel Heyman Professor of Law. He also served as Dean in the institution. In the previous years, Choudhry used to be the Cecilia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University and also the Scholl Chairperson at the University of Toronto. He has been an advisor on matters regarding the constitution making process in Jordan, Libya, and Sri Lanka among other countries. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for an additional article.
Choudhry is experienced in leading stakeholder consultations, training public servants and bureaucrats as well as carrying out public dialogue meetings. He is a writer with over ninety articles, reports, working papers and book chapters. Some of his books include The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution and The Migration of Constitutional Ideas. Sujit Choudhry was a Scholar at Rhodes. He also served as law clerk for Rt. Justice Antonio Lamer, the retired Chief Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court. For further info, head over to sujitchoudhry.com.
To keep up-to-date with his latest work visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sujit_Choudhry