How Sujit Choudhry Became An Internationally Recognized Comparative Constitutional Law Expert

Comparative Constitutional Scholar Sujit Choudhry is a college professor and the founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. As the founding director he handles the day to day operations of this organization. This center compiles evidence-based information about constitutional issues which are sourced from other constitutional scholars around the world ( This information is supplied to policymakers in emerging democracies and/or nations that are looking to make improvements to their existing constitutions.

Sujit Choudhry says that he has helped many nations where they are writing or modifying a new constitution in the past two decades. Even though much information has been developed about constitutional issues not all of it is adequate, up-to-date, or complete. His organization fills in the gaps of knowledge through research and policy dissemination.

Sujit Choudhry points out he is an immigrant to the United States and has studied the law in three countries. This gives him a broad view of constitutions and what makes for a good one. One of the reasons he has been so successful, he says, is that he has had to navigate different political and legal frameworks through his life. Like him, both of his parents were college professors who made education the number one priority in their household.

Sujit Choudhry attended McGill University in Quebec, Canada, and graduated in 1992 with his bachelor’s degree. In order to earn his three law degrees, he attended the University of Oxford, the Univerity of Toronto, and Harvard Law School. He has also taught comparative constitutional law in both Canada and America at the University of Toronto, New York University, and the University of California . He now lives in Berkeley, California, where he has been for the past four years (

It was in 2012 that he founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions. He says that to date he has more than 50 experts in his network for this organization and has formed partnerships with a number of nongovernment organizations, think tanks, and global organizations. He has used the information developed to help emerging democracies such as in Libya, Egypt, South Africa, Ukraine, Yemen, Jordan, and more.

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