Interview with Sujit Choudhry, World-Renowned Expert on Comparative Constitutional Law

Sujit Choudhry, an expert on comparative constitutional law and the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, recently sat down for an interview with CEOCFO magazine. He was first asked about the idea behind his Center for Constitutional Transitions. Mr. Choudhry explained that the purpose of the CCT is to generate and provide knowledge to support effective constitution-building for democracies around the world. The CCT relies on a network of think tanks, NGOs and multilateral organizations to provide this knowledge, and they have worked with more than 25 nations to this date.

Sujit Choudhry was also asked about his background as an immigrant. Mr. Choudhry originally immigrated to Canada from New Delhi, India, and he has law degrees from the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, having received them from Harvard, Oxford and the University of Toronto, respectively (blogs.law.nyu.edu).  He explained that his experiences switching between new and different fields of law have contributed to his successes, as they helped him develop crucial learning and adaptational skills.

Regarding his successes, he said that one of his greatest accomplishments, and one that he didn’t recognize for its significance at the time, was bringing together comparative constitutional law experts from around the world to create international knowledge networks. These networks are especially important today, Mr. Choudhry explains, because he believes we’re seeing some of the biggest challenges to democratic constitutionalism since the era of World War 2.

Sujit Choudhry’s experience in the field of constitutional law is plentiful and varied. From 1996 to 1997, he worked as a law clerk to Canada’s Supreme Court, and he then became a visiting Professor at the University of Toronto in 1999. He has been a tenured professor and the Scholl Chair at Toronto, and was the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at NYU before moving to Berkeley.

Mr. Choudhry has served as an advisor during the constitution-building process for a multitude of nations, including Egypt, Nepal, South Africa and Ukraine (http://sujitchoudhry.com/advisory-work/). Sujit Choudhry has researched constitutional law topics from constitution-building in ethnically divided states to the transition from conflict to peaceful democracy, and he has authored or co-authored five different books.

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