Sujit Choudhry joined a group of top constitutional experts to discuss the semi-presidential system of the Ukraine government on July 10th. During the meeting, they also touched on the challenges affecting the current system. They were hosted by several organizations championing for sustainable democracy in Ukraine. Choudhry said that it was an honor to discuss executive powers in the presence of the experts. He added that the instability in Ukraine was as a result of the concentration of the presidential powers, weak political parties, and the electoral system among many others. Among the experts included Vladimir Vasilenko who is Ukraine’s human rights representative, Thomas Sidelius, Sumit Bisarya, and Viktor Musiaka who is the president’s representative in Supreme Court among others.
The input of the mentioned people was highly valued to the discussion. Sujit talked of the transitional democracies involvement in constitutional making decisions. It was important for the current leaders to collect and discuss policy while supporting constitutional reforms. Sujit participation was highly valued as he has lectured various countries and contributed in constitution making. Additionally, he has authored Constitutional Making, which is a collection of academic contributions to Constitutional Law. At the discussion table, beside his input from an expert point of view on constitutional law, his presence was acknowledged as a director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Related article on law.nyu.edu.
The Center of Constitutional Transitions collects all knowledge that is vital to the process of constitution building. The process is achieved by assembling international experts on policy options. They then help the decision makers. However, most of their accomplishments have had the touch of think tanks, NGOs, and multilateral organizations. At the moment, the body comprises of experts from 25 countries. Additional relevant article here.
Sujit Choudhry is primarily identified with his authority on comparative law. He was born in 1970 and graduated from Harvard School of Law with a master’s degree. Before Harvard, he graduated from Oxford University with an undergraduate degree in law. The professor is internationally recognized for his vast knowledge and experience in the constitutional building process. Read his views in answer to questions hurled at him, hit on iconnectblog.com.
Over the years, Sujit Choudhry has acted as a constitution building advisor in Nepal, Libya, Ukraine and South Africa just to mention but a few. He is also the director of Center for Constitutional Transitions. In that capacity, he assembles a group of experts from several countries and combines their expertise to help solve constitutional and political affairs. Follow his twitter.com page and be updated with his tweets.
More info about him and his works here, visit http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry