When we think of the people who help to further the cause of democracy and help push the ideals of freedom across the globe, we can’t forget to recognize those who champion those agendas who do not wear a uniform, nor carry a gun. On July 10th, 2017, Sujit Choudhry, Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, once again met with a fragile young democracy to advise them on how best to move forward; this time, it was Ukraine. He, along with a panel of global scholars and dignitaries in matters of constitutional transition, advised the members of Ukraine’s semi-presidential government on the challenges their constitution is currently facing. Sujit Choudhry pointed out that issues such as the concentration of the presidency power, the legislature electoral system, and weak political parties are primary issues leading to Ukraine’s unstable efforts to transition to a more democratic system. More useful info on independent.academia.edu.
Who is Sujit Choudhry? Currently, Sujit Choundhry is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California Berkley and an internationally recognized authority on Constitutional Law and had advised over two dozen countries in this regard; including Egypt, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Shri Lanka, and Yemen. He carries law degrees from the universities of Toronto, Oxford, and Harvard. Choudhry was formerly the Dean of the University Of California Berkley School Of Law, as well as spending time as the clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. For further reference about the professor, click sujitchoudhry.com.
For decades, Sujit Choudhry has been assisting in a multitude of areas, including during ceasefire and politically violent times, to help emerging democracies transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic discussion. More to read on constitutionaltransition.org. How does he make that happen in parts of the world where he may not be familiar? Aside from his education, Choudhry lives by a simple motto: “Always talk to people on the ground. They know what’s going on – and know what they need.” For added reference, head over to papers.ssrn.com.
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