After emerging from authoritarian rule when the Soviet Union collapsed, Poland and Hungary had taken on the values of democracy. In recent years, though, they have been backsliding back into authoritarianism. In order to address this, Sujit Choudhry set up a conference to explore the issues of why this is happening. He is the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, an organization that researches and promotes democracy. Two other people helped form this conference with the first being Michael Meyer-Resende of Democracy Reporting International. The other person was the Center for Global Constitutionalism’s Mattias Kumm.
This conference took place on 12-18-2017 at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. There were constitutional lawyers in attendance from Poland, Hungary, broader Europe, and America. Sujit Choudhry said that they started out with the assumption that these two countries could return to a constitutional democracy despite things currently looking to the contrary. He called what they are going through as democratic deconsolidation where they are slowly losing the values that they had upheld for a while.
The first goal of this conference was to understand what was happening in Poland and Hungary and what the odds were that things could get turned around. Sujit Choudhry and the others there also networked so that they could put together constitutional experts who could offer legal advice on what to do. Learn more from his views, read his blogs on his linkedin.com page.
It was in 2012 that that Center for Constitutional Transitions was formed by Sujit Choudhry. It is headquartered in Berkeley, California where he also teaches at the University of California as the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law. He has 12 years of experience teaching comparative constitutional law to students. Read more details about him on sujitchoudhry.com.
Many times over the years Sujit Choudhry has been involved in advising nations who are in emerging democracies. He has advised policymakers in Libya, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Tunisia, and others. He has also provided lectures or speaking engagements in more than 24 nations around the world. Follow his latest tweets, hit this link on twitter.com.
He is an internationally recognized expert in how to create and modify a constitution. Learn more of his outstanding achievements, check on law.nyu.edu.
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