Sujit Choudhry Offers His Constitutional Expertise to the World

This is a critical time for political and philosophical leaders to openly support democratic reforms throughout the world, according to Sujit Choudhry, the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. However, the constitutional expert admitted that the even best efforts may not always be successful, an example of failure being the current situation in Ukraine.

Sujit Choudhry discussed the quest for democratization during a recent conference conducted in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. He was joined by such observers as Ihor Koliushko, a former member of the Ukrainian parliament, and Vldaimir Vasilenko, who represents the nation on human rights issues. Much of the discussion centered around the system that currently exists in Ukraine. Sujit Choudhry attributed the inability of the country to adopt democratic principles to several issues, including the heavy concentration of presidential power and the nation’s weak political structure.  More reading on

The Center for Constitutional Transitions is primarily concerned with the creation and dissemination of information that can be used to promote democratic principles. Working with individuals and organizations, it strives for the establishment of democratic systems through workshops and conferences that publish their findings. It employs constitutional experts from more than two dozen countries.  Click on for an additional article.

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Born in India in 1970, Sujit Choudhry would obtain his bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, in England, and his master’s degree from Harvard Law School. Initially employed as a clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada, he later taught at the University of Toronto and the New York University School of Law. He served for two years as dean of the school of law at the University of California, Berkley. He was in fact the first person of Indian descent to serve in that post. Refer to for a related article.

Sujit Choudhry is a specialist in the area of comparative constitutional law. His background accounts for his involvement in countries that are undergoing political transitions, from Ukraine to Egypt. He has published numerous books and individual articles on the subject, and is a recipient of the Trailblazer Award. He and his wife have one child.  check his timeline activities, follow him on his page.

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