Sujit Choudhry discusses constitutional challenges in the Ukraine executive system

Sujit Choudhry recently joined other constitutional experts from Ukraine to discuss the semi-presidential system of the Ukraine government and the inherent difficulties that the system is facing. Among the notable experts that attended the July 10th roundtable forum in Kiev include; Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University and Vladimir Vasilenko, representative on Human Rights in Ukraine. Another expert who participated in the forum is Viktor Musiaka who serves as the presidential representative in Supreme Court, Sergyi Holovatyi, a member of the constitutional commission of Ukraine and Ihor Koliushko who is a former Member of Parliament, representative of the center for policy, and advisor to the president.

All the individuals who attended this forum have a wealth of experience on the subject matter, and their contributions were of significant value. Among the think tanks that made the event successful include the international institute for democracy, intergovernmental organizations that support sustainable democracy, and center for policy and legal reform.

Sujit noted that he was privileged to discuss the impact of executive powers in the Ukraine presidential system in the presence of experts. Choudhry also acknowledged that democratization in Ukraine hasn’t been stable for several years now. He stated that the leading cause of instability is the concentration of power in the presidency, the weak political parties in the country and the legislature electoral system.  Read more about his advisory works here.

During the forum, Sujit mentioned about the recent wave that is sweeping across the continent where transitional democracies are actively becoming involved in the constitutional making process. Sujit noted that it was paramount for the current constitutional leaders to focus on policy-based options that support the legal reform process. Choudhry noted that constitution-making is one of the topics that attract the attention of most scholars.  Added reference on

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit serves as the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The Center for Constitutional Transitions was established with the aim of generating and mobilizing knowledge that supports constitution building.  More to read on

The organization achieves this by assembling and leading international network of experts that contribute to the production of evidence-based policy options.

Sujit, a professor of law at the University of California is an internationally renowned expert on comparative constitutional law and politics. He combines an array of research agenda and in-depth field experience as a consultant in various emerging democracies such as Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Yemen, Tunisia, and Ukraine.  For updates on his latest work, hop over to

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