As an internationally recognized constitutional expert, Sujit Choudhry has spent a large part of his career studying the United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitution has remained a strong document throughout the lifetime of the country in good times and bad. Many other countries have not had this experience including Ukraine.
Ever since the USSR and communism collapsed over 20 years ago Ukraine has difficulties becoming a democratic nation. These difficulties have resulted from both internal and external pressures as the country sways from one crisis to another. Recently, a workshop was held in Kiev, Ukraine which was attended by Sujit Choudhry as well as other constitutional experts across the world. The conference was held in order to address the political system in Ukraine and how the country can form a stable government and constitution. It was held by a Ukranian think tank named the Center for Policy and Legal Reform and another organization named the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. More to read here.
One of the issues this workshop addressed was that in Ukraine the president of the country holds far too much power. They do not have an effective system of checks and balances in place. People at the conference, including Sujit Choudhry, say that there needs to be a separation of power between the offices of the president and the prime minister so that no one position is too strong.
Sujit Choudhry has been a constitutional scholar for almost 20 years. He currently holds the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law Chair at the University of California, Berkeley – School of Law. He has taught students about constitutional law and comparison constitutional law at the college level since 1999 when he became an Assistant Law Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. To read more about Sujit, visit his website, click on sujitchoudhry.com
Be sure to read this relevant blog about Sujit’s recently written article on californiablog.org
As an expert in constitutional law, Sujit Choudhry formed the Center for Constitutional Transitions in 2012. He saw a need for this center as quite a bit of the information about constitutions is now either outdated or has never been professionally explored and researched. His goal is to provide policy makers with current and accurate fact-based information so they can make informed decisions. Check this recent post of Sujit on activistpost.com.