Sujit Choudhry, Expert On Building Constituitonal Protections

In his role as founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry is often asked to explain the motivation behind its creation. There’s a tendency for confound expectations to drown out the importance of “emerging democracies.” He has worked in cooperation with policy making officials from 25 countries. This is the foundation of his work, to build an agenda to protect constitutional laws already in place. Or fix ones that may need revising and create new agendas for countries, enabling a global network of accessible knowledge.

Democratic organization policing isn’t in effect for every country. As Sujit Choudhry sees it, more academic research is needed to further the cause. This fall the Center will collaborate with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance to host three forums to discuss the various implications of protecting emerging democracies from political oversight. The forums are designed to help create larger networks of constitutional experts from around the globe.

Bringing a new understanding to Constitutional Transitions is the main focus of the work that Sujit Choudhry does. He’s a prominent professor at Berkeley School of Law. Holding the Ira Michael Heyman title there, which designates him as an expert authority on Comparative Constitutional Law and Politics. When he’s not teaching or fulfilling the requirements as the CEO/CFO for the Center, you can find him in his role as International Advisor. The role takes him to many diverse places abroad, such as Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Libya, Nepal and the Ukraine.  Check this on   He assists policy makers in these countries with emerging constitutional laws, needed to build effective democracies. Hence, the term “constitutional transitions,” is used in connection with field work and research projects.  For updates from Sujit, visit his page.

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Sujit Choudhry previously held teaching positions as the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University and Sujit Choudhry was selected by the University of Toronto as the Scholl Chair. As an immigrant, he points out the necessity of creating transitional constitutional processes for countries with weak, failing or absent democracies. He is also a writer of merit, having published books, book chapters and over 90 scholarly articles.  Check his recent writings on

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July 15, 2017

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