Director Sujit Choudhry: The Founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions

Sujit Choudhry is the director and founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Additionally, he is the I. Michael Heyman Law Professor at Berkeley School of Law, University of California. Previously, he was the Cecelia Goetz Law Professor at the University of New York and the Scholl Chair at Toronto University. He is internationally recognized for his authority in politics and comparative constitutional law. Professor Choudhry has spoken in more than two dozen countries. More importantly, he combines immerse research agenda and has detailed field experience in the process of constitution building in Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, Nepal, Libya, Ukraine, Tunisia, and Sri Lanka. He is a holder of Law degrees from Harvard, Toronto, and Oxford. Based on

Professor Choudhry and Comparative Constitutional Law Research

Professor Choudhry’s research focuses on a wide range of politics and comparative constitutional law related topics such as constitutional design in societies divided by ethnicity, constitutional design as a transition management tool, secession and decentralization, federalism, constitutional courts, semi-presidentialism, group and minority rights, official language policy, proportionality and bills of rights, constitution building, constitutional design transitions to democratic rule from authoritarian, basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law study and security sector oversight. Sujit Choudhry has extensively written on Canadian constitutional law.

Currently, Professor Sujit Choudhry is looking forward to completing three large thematic and collaborative research projects in collaboration with International IDEA. He broadly reads about comparative constitutional law and comparative politics because much of his work focuses on bridging the two fields. Some of his best reads include Andreas Wimmer, Lucan Way, and Steve Levitsky.   For more of Sujit’s blog, follow him on his page.

According to Professor Choudhry, constitutional process, interpretation, and design in various contexts of legal transitions remain to be big questions of concern in comparative law. Some projects he has worked on under this theme include what people can learn from Europe’s liberal democracy breakdown for contemporary debates concerning democratic deconsolidation. Also, how popular and elite constitution-making can be hybridized in post-conflict and post-authoritarian constitutional transitions, constitutional courts analysis of proportionality in post-authoritarian democracies, ways to blend accommodationist and integrationist approaches to the constitutional design of societies divided by ethnicity, negotiated democratic rule transitions and transitional justice tradeoff. Professor Choudhry’s message to young public law scholars, junior faculty members, and doctoral candidates is that this is the moment for the comparative constitutional law. Refer to to read an additional article.  The American exceptionalism legend has been punctured and more than ever, comparative experience has increasingly become important to mainstream political and legal analysis.

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May 17, 2017

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