Sujit Choudhry’s Contribution to Global Constitution Building Processes

In July of this year, top constitutional experts came together in Kiev, Ukraine to discuss the semi-presidential system of the Ukranian government and the constitutional challenges it is facing. The workshop brought together the International Institute for Democracy and Electorate assistance, the Center of Policy and Legal Reform, and intergovernmental organizations focused on sustainable democracy across the world. Some of the key personalities in attendance included Sujit Choudhry (Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions), Thomas Sidelius (from Dalarna University), Sergyi Holovatyi (member of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine), among others. Sujit Choudhry expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to discuss executive powers in Ukraine together with other experts. He, however, pointed out that democracy in the country has not been stable due to the concentration of presidential powers, weak political parties, and the legislature electoral system.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a constitutional expert and advisor who has worked in countries such as Egypt, Libya, Jordan, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen, Ukraine, Sri Lanka and Nepal on constitution building processes. He currently works at the University of California, Berkeley, as the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law.  For further reading, click sujitchoudhry.com.

As a constitutional expert with more than 20 years of experience under his belt, part of his work involves bringing together constitutional experts through the Center for Constitutional Transitions to generate and mobilize knowledge pertinent in the constitution building process. Together, these experts assemble international networks responsible for handling thematic research projects whose aim are availing evidence-based policy options to practitioners. As the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, he oversees multilateral organizations, think tanks, and NGOs responsible for making sure the organization meets its goals.  Added reference on papers.ssrn.com.

Education and Work Experience

Sujit Choudhry first attended McGill University for a BSc. Degree before proceeding to the University of Oxford to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Law. He later on joined the University of Toronto for his Bachelor of Laws (LLB.) before continuing his Master of Laws (LLM.) at Harvard Law School. Choudhry has previously worked as a Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and as the Scholl Chair at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  More to read on blogs.law.nyu.edu.   Consequently, he has garnered plenty of knowledge and experience in facilitating public dialogue sessions and consultations among key stakeholders, e.g., civil society groups, performing advisory work with technical experts, drafting technical reports, training civil servants and bureaucrats, among others.  To keep updated with his latest work, hop over to researchgate.net.

To read his blogs, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/sujit-choudhry-738656100