Constitutional Challenges through the Eyes of Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry, in his capacity as the ‘director of the centre for constitutional transitions’, attended a workshop held in Kiev on July 10th. The experts discussed Ukraine government and its ‘semi-presidential system’. The constitutional challenges that the country was facing were also discussed during this meet. Others experts who attended the workshop include think tanks in Ukraine such as: ‘international institute for democracy and electorate assistance’, intergovernmental organizations all over the world that support sustainable democracy and ‘the center of policy and legal reform’.  Check on this to read more about his advisory work.

Instability in Ukraine

The instability in Ukraine, according to Sujit, is occasioned by the concentration of presidential powers, the frail political parties and the electoral system. Others in the panel were of a similar opinion. The other panelists in agreement were Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University, the ‘Internatioanl IDEA Summit Bisarya’ Ukraiine’s human rights representative, Vladimir Vasilenko, a member of Ukraine’s constitutional commission, Sergyi Holovatyi, the president of supreme court, Viktor Musiaka and Ihor Koliushko who is a representative of the ‘centre for policy & legal reform’. A former advisor to the president and MP was also present.

According to Sujit Choudhry, it is imperative for present constitutional leaders to come together to discuss policy in support of reforms to the constitution. ‘The Center of Constitutional Transitions’ on the other hand has a role to play in the educating citizen on matters of the constitution. They also come up with diverse policy options which can in turn be shared with leadership. That the center also helps in the conceptualization of ideas and the preparation of workshops and conferences is a step in the right direction according to Sujit. The Center’s engagement of professionals from more than 25 countries is good since it broadens ideas and shares many constitutional matters. More to read on

Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry has been a lecturer in many countries, helping also in the constitutional processes of these states. He is presently the law professor at the ‘University of California’s Berkeley Law School. He is also reputed for being the foremost ‘Indian-American dean’ of the college.

Sujit was born in 1970 and was keen in matters of education. He attained masters in law from Harvard Law. Although he had joined McGill University to study biology, he later opted for law at the ‘University of Oxford’.  Keep updated with his latest work, hit on

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