Sujit Choudhry Speaks Out About Poland And The Loss Of Constitutional Government

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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