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Constitution Building and Interpretation: An Interview with Professor Sujit Choudhry

Constitution building is a vital part of the formation of a nation. Various people have been involved in building great governments across the world. One of them is Sujit Choudhry, a distinguished professor of the law who has been instrumental in developing constitutions in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Ukraine. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions.

The Centre for Constitutional Transitions mobilizes international think tanks and Non-Governmental Organizations to create policies for producing content-full constitutions. Advising stakeholders in emerging democracies in the world inspired him to come up with an organization that would provide up-to-date information to be used to construct new constitutions and amend existing ones. Earning law degrees from three countries has made Sujit appreciate that each one of them has its own set of historical policy-making strategies necessary for creating a well-balanced democratic constitution. Each country is facing different issues based on the interpretation of their constitution. Sujit has been able to acquire a common ground with the people on the grassroots to better understand the problems they are facing.  Follow his tweets, hit on

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The greatest achievement Sujit has had is his ability to bring together a cocktail of experts across the world to collaborate in constitution building and interpretation. His greatest challenge, however, has been trying to adapt to different views from people of contrasting backgrounds outside his American setting. Sujit Choudhry is an I. Michael Heyman Prof of Law at the great University of California. Previously, he was a Cecelia Goetz Prof of Law at the famous New York University. He was also a Scholl Chairperson at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.  Related article on

A Rhodes Scholar himself, Sujit has written numerous articles, research papers, reports and books. Check to read about his published work.  He is also a member of numerous organization where he has been instrumental in helping develop better laws. Through his books and insights, various democracies have found better ways of governing their citizens without oppressing anyone. Sujit Choudhry has been recognized as a person who is determined to reconcile and bring sanity to how people are governed. He is also known for his generosity and promoter of positive ruling.

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Sujit Choudhry’s Views on the Current Constitutional Challenges in Ukraine

On July 10, 2017, Sujit Choudhry was joined by various constitutional experts as they discussed the legal challenges Kiev is facing. Some of the areas they looked at in the current semi-presidential system government are the executive powers. At the event, Choudhry said that democratization in the country is unstable and identified not only the presidency but also the parliamentary electoral system, and lack of active political parties as the main contributing factors.

At the event, Sujit Choudhry also talked about the importance of inclusion of the transitional democracies in the deliberation of constitutional decisions. He noted that it is essential for the current legal experts to pay particular attention to policies that are in line with the constitutional reform process.

The event was hosted by some of the Ukrainian’s best brains like the International Institute for Democracy and Electorate Assistance. Another group that was present was the Center of Policy and Legal Reform. Some of the speakers at the workshop were Thomas Sidelius from Dalarna University and SumitBisarya from the International IDEA. There were also government and human rights group’s representatives.

Who is Sujit Choudhry?

Sujit Choudhry is a well-known constitutional expert and advisor. Internationally, he is viewed as an expert in comparative constitutional law and also politics. He has participated in constitution-making processes in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen just to name a few. In addition, he has visited over 20 countries to share his knowledge and provide advice about the constitution.  Related article on

Education and Experience

Between 1992 and 1994, Sujit Choudhry attended the University of Oxford for a degree in law. He then proceeded to the University of Toronto for his Bachelors of Laws. In 1997 he joined the Harvard Law School for his Master of Laws degree up to 1998.  Learn more of his published wwork here, check

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While in Canada, Sujit Choudhry worked for one year as a law clerk in the country’s Supreme Court. He then became an assistant professor of law that the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2004. He has also worked in other places in various positions. Currently, he is a professor of law at the University of California. He was the first Indian-American to become a dean at the university. In addition, he works at the Center for Constitutional Transition as the director.  To keep up-to-date with his tweets, follow him here, hit on

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