Sujit Choudhry and the Center for Constitutional Transitions

Sujit Choudhry is an international authority on constitutional law. He is the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, a group of senior policy practitioners and scholars that produce evidence-based policy options that help decision-makers ultimately develop a constitution for their countries. To date they have advised 25 countries including Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Jordan.  More of this on blogs.law.nyu.edu.

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Sujit Choudhry believes, “No constitutional democracy is complete without a constitution and no constitution is complete without an expert in comparative constitutional law.” This is one of the reasons Choudhry holds so many law degrees, three total from Toronto, Harvard and Oxford. As an authority on comparative constitutional law, he leads the experts assembled at the Center for Constitutional Transitions in setting agendas for country leaders seeking guidance in constructing their new constitutions.  Listen to Sujit sharing his views on various things in his field of interest, hit on danielbudzinski.com.

His process for assisting his clients is to first gain an understanding of their country’s point-of-view and then help them reduce the fear of change, so new ideas can be embraced. Running the community of experts on constitutional law is only one of the important things Choudhry wants to continue as he fights to expand global knowledge of constitutional concepts. Sujit Choudhry also serves as an advisor to the constitution building process for the countries he advises. His research addresses many issues including comparative constitutional law, politics and using constitutional design to manage the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic solutions. In addition, he evaluates basic methodological questions as he continues to study comparative constitutional law.

In the future, Choudhry would like to see an institution that examines global constitutional case-law, changing the history of constitutionalism. While he awaits the creation of such a distinctive organization, in the fall he is planning three research projects with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  For more related articles, head over to law.nyu.edu.

Choudhry believes it’s important for new constitutional democracies to be exposed to the successes and failures of other countries. Comparative experience is essential to their learning what works and what doesn’t work. When he was advising decision-makers he was made aware of the lack of information helping to implement newly created constitutions. Out of that need, his organization, the Center for Constitutional Transitions was born and now is helping countries realize their dreams of creating their national constitutions.  To read blogs, visit his facebook.com page.

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