Sujit Choudhry, Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions and professor at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, discussed the constitutional issues caused by Ukraine’s semi-presidential government with Ukrainian constitutional experts in Kiev. The meeting was led by the Center of Policy and Legal Reform and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an international organization that promotes the spread of sustainable democratic governments. Sujit Choudhry and these experts discussed various methods to improve Ukrainian governing (patch.com) According to Choudhry, “Ukraine’s democratization has been unstable for the past two decades due to several factors, such as the concentration of power in the presidency, weak political parties, the electoral system for the legislature, and the selection of powers within the dual executive between the Prime Minister and President.”
According to the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry has advised “the constitution building process of Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Yemen”. As the Director, Sujit Choudhry aids in the support for constitution building through diplomatic discussions and policy based on research, (http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award). The Center for Constitutional Transitions has partners across the globe, working with various experts and organizations dedicated to democratic transitions. Their partners influence the formation of concepts for projects, hire their panel of experts, aid in meetings and lectures, and the creation and distribution of research (prnewswire.com).
Sujit Choudhry studied law in Harvard,Oxford, and Toronto, and worked in the Supreme Court of Canada as a law clerk. Choudhry has published four books and has written over 90 articles on his research and experience in constitution building globally, more on medium.com. He’s lectured in overseas in over two dozen countries. His research includes constitutional design in various contexts ranging from areas healing from political violence, oppression of ethnic minorities, seceding states, decentralizing government, and other issues. Choudhry’s experience includes facilitating public dialogue, stakeholder consultations, advisory work, training civil servants and bureaucrats, engaging party leaders, and drafting technical reports and memoranda in the field.