Emerging democracies face great challenges when transitioning from one form of governance to another. The establishment or amendment of a good constitution is subject to a manifold of variables that differ across various countries and cultures, which if not properly addressed may hamper the effectiveness of the constitution.
The Center for Constitutional Transition established by Prof Sujit Choudhry is an organization focused on building effective constitutions for smooth transitions of governance or amendments of the same. The organization utilizes a knowledge-based approach to constitution-building based on information acquisition and research based prognoses. The organization comprises of a global network of NGO’s, multilateral organizations, and think tanks dedicated to formulating the most befitting constitution for emerging democracies and transitional governments.
The success of The Center for Constitutional Transitions is attributed to the experience and expertise of its founder Sujit Choudhry. His immigrant roots and educational background in law have exposed him to various political environments that have given him a concrete understanding of the workings of the legal and political workings of various countries. He emphasizes information from people on the ground as the most crucial aspect of a strong constitution since they are the most affected.
Professor Sujit Choudhry is an internationally acclaimed guru on comparative constitutional law and politics. Currently, based on blogs.law.nyu.edu, he is a law professor at the UC Berkley- School of Law where he also served as the dean and the director of The Center for Constitutional Transitions. He is credited with contributing to developing evidence-based policies for governance in countries like Egypt, Sri Lanka and South Africa among others. Before this, Professor Sujit Choudhry taught law at the University of Toronto and The New York University.
Professor Choudhry’s immigrant background and vast experience in law and politics has garnered him international recognition. He studied law at the University of Oxford, University of Toronto and Havard School of Law where he portrayed exceptional intellectual promise. He is the author of several books including ‘The Migration of Constitutional Ideas”, which gives great insight into contemporaneous constitutional practices. For his insight on a current issue today, check on activistpost.com. Professor Choudhry has also delivered lectures in over two dozen countries as a lead figure in legal practices and politics. For an update on Sujit timeline activities, click this.
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