Recent crisis on Catalonia compelled Sujit Choudhry and various constitutional law scholars to write an open letter to the Spanish and Catalan governments appealing to them to dialogue. The anticipated result is that both governments converse about their constitutional affairs. The scholars reach out to the Catalonian president asking him to prove that he was dedicated to the withdrawal from Spain by organizing a referendum that outlines the desire of his people. They also reach out to Spain’s prime minister to accept and not hinder the Catalans will of secession. The essence of the referendum, according to the scholar’s point of view, is to aid the people in accepting that the Catalan people’s pursuit of independence brings about problems for the Spanish constitutional order.
Sujit Choudhry and the constitutional scholars believe that if both governments devised peaceful means to stop their dispute, it would favor people within and outside the borders of Spain and Catalonia, failure to which the foundational ideals of the European Union would be threatened. They also point out that Spanish government suppressed voter turnout with uncertainty among some Catalonian people in regards to supporting the secession. The scholars tell Spain’s prime minister that the international law does not recognize arrest and prosecution as ways of dealing with the Catalonian people’s wishes and if he persists, he would face human rights abuse charges. Sujit Choudhry and the scholars insist on constitutional talks between the two governments putting out in the open the real wishes of the people of Catalan.
Sujit Choudhry wrote the letter alongside Asanga Welikala, Zoran Oklopic and Robert House, who are experts in the field of law. He serves at the Center for Constitutional Transitions as its director and the dean at the University of California, Berkeley school of law. On comparative constitutional law and politics, Sujit Choudhry is an internationally acknowledged authority. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for an additional article.
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He has been a constitutional advisor for more than two decades and has experience in various fields. For more of his views on politically related issues, check iconnectblog.com. Sujit acquired law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard. At the supreme court of Canada, he worked as a law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer. Read his blogs, hit on linkedin.com.