Professor Sujit Choudhry is a renowned scholar and researcher (blogs.law.nyu.edu). His work focuses on politics and comparative constitutional law and his opinion is widely respected in America and beyond. His advice on the use of constitutional design tools for managing political environments is highly regarded and sought after.
Professor Choudhry most recent commentary addresses a tweet posted in November 2017 by America’s former Attorney General under President Obama’s administration, Eric Holder. In his tweet, Eric Holder commented on a potential termination of John Mueller, who was then serving as the Special Counsel at the White House. In John’s defense, Eric Holder termed the possibility of termination to be an “absolute red line’, and called upon Americans to get involved in making the final decision on the matter.
In his opinion, Sujit Choudhry argues that the tweet by Holder is based on what he would call constitutional self-enforcement as its focal point. He goes on to argue that the tweet leaves a lot to be desired in the suggested symbolism of an absolute red line while at the same time leaving it up to the public to make the final decision on delicate matters such as this. He says that should Holder’s suggestion of the public holding peaceful demonstrations whenever an issue like a possible termination of a public servant come up, then this would preempt the use of laid out constitutional tools to mitigate any conflict arising. Sujit Choudhry points out that should the public be allowed to make the determinative decision, then it would open the way for future public manipulation in other political issues, which have the same focal point as the hiring and firing of a public servant. In example, he has cited the two term presidential limit which an individual can easily attempt to break the focal point by either declaring a state of emergency, suspending elections or even dissolving the legislature. Sujit Choundhry goes on to warn that such a precedence, when taken in specific contexts, in example, Holder’s suggestion of ‘red lines’ could easily lead to democratic failure in the long run.
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Sujit Choudhry is recognized in Poland as an expert in constitutional law, particularly as it relates to Poland’s democracy. Throughout his career, Sujit has been prolific in his writings about law and politics (works.bepress.com). Those views are so well respected that Mr. Choudhry has been asked to contribute a chapter to the upcoming text, Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? The book and Sujit’s chapter in particular address the current political state of the Polish government.
In his writings, Professor Choudhry explores the concept that constitutional governments are crumbling throughout the world and that the office of the president is now more of an autocracy. He writes that this is especially true for Poland, which has been under the control of the right-wing Poland’s Law and Justice Party since 2015. Sujit writes that the party has been eroding rights in the country with an agenda for staying in power, adding that he suspects they will again hold the majority in the next series of elections.
Choudry explains that Poland’s Law and Justice Party has been working at limiting court power, especially in regard to the Constitutional Court. He cites new rules regarding how judges are assigned, how panels are formed, and how voting affects the creation of an interim president as manipulations intended to secure the party’s power. Sujit writes that although there would seem to be genuine procedural reasons for the changes, one cannot deny that there are ulterior motives.
Although Sujit Choudhry is a professor of law at the University of California’s School of Law, his name is recognized far from Berkeley. He’s known worldwide as an expert on constitutional law and how it relates to the political structures of various countries. He has served in an advising capacity to nations drafting their own constitutions. Among them, Sujit has worked with Egypt, Lybia, South Africa, Nepal and many more.
Sujit also serves as the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The organization tasks constitution experts with providing evidence and research to nations interested in drafting new constitutions. The organization has employed over 50 experts, beginning with Sujit Choudhry, recruiting them from over 20 different countries (http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry). While Sujit Choudhry may be just one voice among many in the organization, his recent writing will further cement his reputation as an expert on constitutional law and a critic of Poland’s deteriorating democracy.
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