Sujit Choudhry, the founding CEO of the Centre for Constitutional Transitions, was in Kiev, Ukraine to discuss the legal challenges facing the country. The experts discussed the semi-presidential system that reigns in the country. Ukraine system of governance concentrates power to the president and makes the electoral systems and political parties weak. The nation has been facing constitutional challenges since the fall of communism over 20 years ago. The meeting, which was attended by intergovernmental organizations and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, was aimed to discuss ways of bringing democracy to the independent institutions in the country.
Sujit joined other constitutional experts such as Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University, Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA, Sergyi Holovatyi of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine and Viktor Musiaka who was representing the President of the Supreme Court. Also, in attendance was Ihor Koliushko representative of Center for Policy and Legal Reforms and Vladimir Vasilenko, a representative of human rights groups.
Sujit Choudhry mentioned the importance of involving transition democracies in constitutional making processes. He argued that constitutional experts should collect and discuss policy based options to constitutional reforms process. Sujit and his organization, Center for Constitutional Transitions is responsible for supporting constitution building processes. This institution assembles experts who make evidence based policy options. The institution also helps policy makers and decision makers to make evidence based constitutional decisions. For updates on his latest work, check on researchgate.net.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized expert in comparative law. Born in 1970, Sujit grew up with a passion for law. As a result, he dropped his biology course at McGill and joined the University of Oxford where he earned a bachelor’s degree in law. He went ahead and received his masters in law from Harvard University. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for related article.
His vast knowledge and experience have given him an opportunity to participate in the constitutional building process of several countries including Nepal, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and Tunisia. Over the years he has published books chapters, reports, articles and working papers. Choudhry has spoken in over 20 countries to help them develop stable constitutions. Sujit Choudhry has held senior positions in several institutions including University of California, New York University, University of Toronto and World Bank. For additional info, hit on bizjournals.com.
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