Sujit Choudhry – The New Jefferson

On July 10th, a great think tank met for a summit in the struggling country of the Ukraine to discuss its struggling democracy and semi-presidential status. In order to discuss their constitutional challenges, groups such as the International Institute of Democracy, The Center of Policy and Legal Reform, and the Center for Constitutional Transitions, were brought in to offer guidance. It would be the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry, that impacted the meeting the most.

Sujit Choudhry has lectured in various countries concerning constitutional development. Many of those times, Sujit Choudhry was acting as a constitutional process advisor to the nations who invited him. In fact, Sujit Choudhry was instrumental in helping form Canadian constitutional law.  Learn more of his advisory work here.

Sujit Choudhry serves as the Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley Law School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Oxford, and his Master’s degree from Harvard. He is also the first Indian-American dean at the University where he serves.  Related article on blogs.law.nyu.edu.

Sujit Choudhry has dedicated his life to spreading the knowledge of successful constitution writing. His goal is to both generate and mobilize the knowledge of building constitutions. He has written journals, books, articles, speeches, and edited works to spread this knowledge. Some of his articles have been compiled together into a book called “Constitutional Making”.  Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org.

During his time at the summit, Sujit Choudhry was honored to be working with several experts in the field. Together, they were able to identify a few things that were stopping the Ukraine from flushing out its constitution. Check on researchgate.net for updates on his latest work.

The first area that was stopping the Ukraine from flushing out its constitution was the concentration of the presidential office. The second area that was stopping the Ukraine from flushing out its constitution was a flawed Legislature electoral system. The last area that was stopping the Ukraine from flushing out its constitution was an amalgamation of weak political parties.   Read insights from him on issues, hop over to iconnectblog.com.

Sujit Choudhry attempted to sway the Ukraine into changing things so that they would have stronger constitution. The rest of the experts agreed. Ultimately it is up to the Ukraine government.

For Sujit’s contact info visit http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/potmsearch/detail/submission/6425776

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