Sujit Choudhry, Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, joined top constitutional experts on July 10th in Kiev. The team of experts discussed the semi-presidential system of the Ukraine government. They also talked about the constitutional challenges the system is facing currently. The hosts of the workshop included major think tank in Ukraine such as the international institute for democracy and electorate assistance, the center of policy and legal reform not forgetting intergovernmental organizations supporting sustainable democracy all over the globe. Choudhry mentioned it was a privilege to be able to discuss executive powers in the presence of the experts. Evidently, he went ahead and said democratization in Ukraine has not been stable. The concentration of the presidency power, the legislature electoral system and the weak political parties just to mention but a few led to the instability.
Sujit Choudhry was joined by notable people such as Dalarna University’s Thomas Sidelius and International IDEA Sumit Bisarya. Vladimir Vasilenko Ukraine’s representative on Human Rights, Sergyi Holovatyi a member of the constitutional commission of Ukraine and Viktor Musiaka president representative in Supreme Court, Ihor Koliushko representative of Center for policy and legal reform as well as a former Member of Parliament and the president’s advisor were the round table participants. The people mentioned have vast knowledge on the subject matter, and their inputs were highly required. Sujit Choudhry has managed to lecture various countries and served as the constitutional process advisor around the globe. He has also released Sujit Choudhry’s “constitutional Making.” It is a collection of academic contributions, classic articles on Constitutional Law and case studies.
Sujit Choudhry, also went ahead to mention the recent wave of the involvement of the transitional democracies in constitutional making decisions. In light of this, he stated it was critical for the current constitutional thought leaders to collect and discuss policy based options in support of the constitutional reform process. Constitution making is a topic of interest for most scholars. They focus on a set of case studies and articles and use them to assemble information on the subject evidently, as mentioned by Sujit Choudhry.
It is important to mention that The Center of Constitutional Transitions is responsible for generating and mobilizing knowledge supporting constitution building. It does this by assembling and leading international network of experts responsible for producing evidence based policy options. They in turn aid the decision makers and agenda setting research. In partnership with think tanks, NGOs and a global network of multilateral organizations, they have managed to accomplish their mission. The partners contribute to every stage of The Center of Constitutional Transitions work. They assist in project conceptualization, workshops, and conferences, recruitment of experts, publication, and dissemination of the outputs of research. The team of experts is made up of senior policy practitioners and leading scholars with field experience. What makes the center scale to greater heights and achieve its goals is the fact that it involves and integrates experts from more than 25 countries to share ideas and solve many constitutional, security and democratic hurdles that face different countries.
About Sujit Choudhry
Choudhry, the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law and the University of California at Berkeley Law School, is famous for his authority on comparative constitutional law. He is also the first Indian-American dean at the same university. Born in the year 1970, Choudhry is one of the great minds that attained their masters in law from Harvard school of law. Owing to his determination to study Law, Choudhry abandoned his biological studies at McGill University and obtained Bachelors in Law at the University of Oxford. His vast knowledge in the field of Law has enabled him to create a good rapport for himself as well as for those he makes a partnership. The professor of Law has made a name for himself and is recognized internationally and has an in depth experience of the constitutional building process. He has also managed to serve as an advisor in the field mentioned above in countries such as Nepal, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, and South Africa among others.
Choudhry is the director of the famous Center for Constitutional Transitions. The center works with experts from more than twenty-five different countries in dealing with constitutional and political affairs. The professor currently is co-leading three other global collaborative research projects. The projects are dealing with Territorial Cleavages, Security Sector Reforms, and Constitutional Transitions. They have yielded a series of research and policy outputs set to be published in 2017. The professor’s research addresses a broad range of issues in politics and comparative constitutional law. His research also addresses the constitutional design as an instrument in managing the transition from violent conflict to peaceful and democratic politics. Choudhry has also published numerous articles and books, papers and reports. Professor Choudhry also serves as a United Nations Mediation Roster member and a World Bank Institute consultant at the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.
The Professor’s research on a variety of issues that relate to comparative constitutional law and politics give him an upper hand when it comes to offering advice and designing a constitution. Choudhry is well averted when it comes to creating peaceful correlation when it comes to democratic politics. He ensures there is a peaceful correlation in case of violent conflicts caused by ethnic division in societies, semi-presidentialism, language, minority groups, proportionality, secession, constitutional courts and so much more. He also ventures in constitutional design to provide for a proper transition from dictatorship to a democratic regime. He also oversees security matters and responds to questions in regard to constitutional law.
Being an author, Choudhry has published many journals, articles, reports, papers, and books. He played a major role in writing the Canadian constitutional law. If you are a law or history student, you may have heard of some of his books that include Migration of Constitutional Ideas and International Society of Public Law. Most of his books are recognized internationally and are used in a variety of universities internationally. Many countries refer to his book Constitution Making’ during their process of amending or drafting a constitution.
His work has never gone unnoticed. Choudhry received many awards in the countries he worked in and from other institutions that recognize his work. He acquired an award from the university from the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship. His experience in constitutional law gave him the Practitioner of the Year award in 2011 from the South Asian Bar Association.
Choudhry continues to make a huge impact and contribution in law, constitutions, democracy and generally changing the way of thinking in different countries politically.
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