Sujit Choudhry, the Guru on Constitutional Transitions

You cannot have a meaningful discourse on comparative constitutional law and rebuilding of rule of law through democracies without mentioning Professor Sujit Choudhry. He is a Harvard Law School graduate. Prof Sujit Choudhry has an extensive collection of publications on the constitutional transition of regimes and it relations with political spaces. This vast knowledge has made him one of the most acknowledged legal scholars around the world. Prof Sujit Choudhry was born in 1970 to American Indian parents.  Refer to for more related reading.

Ukraine is part of his global agenda of championing a more democratic system. Together with other notable think tanks from Ukraine, he has been of the view that the country needs redefining of political space but within the law. Together with bureaucrats, legal fellows and Ukraine’s most respected political figures, Prof. Choudhry initiated a conversation on expanding the political space for Ukrainian people. These talks, inspired by researches done on the democracy index, which according to him is not recommendable especially for a country like Ukraine.  Check This democratic discourse was held in Kiev, July 10 with Viktor Musiaka acting as Ukrainian Supreme Court representative, Ihor Koliushko, a representative for civil society as well as retired politicians. Although the primary agenda was on constitution amendment of Ukraine, it was a perfect opportunity for him to release a collection of his works on constitutional making. Constitutional making to him is the only way to more free democracies where there is respect for fundamental rights and political freedom.

Throughout his career, Sujit Choudhry has been able to come up with a team of scholars to form an institute for democratic transitions. This idea was partially inspired by fall of regimes, especially after Arab Springs. Arab Springs overthrew governments believed to be authoritarian, but after these regimes were overturned, there was political and constitution vacuum. He was instrumental in constituting a formidable team to aid these countries transit to democracies. These countries include Yemen, Egypt, Libya, and Jordan. He used his vast experience together with other constitutional scholars to bring these countries back on foot (  His efforts on failed democracies can be termed as the most significant contribution to avert potential civil wars in many counties by providing a constitutional option to leadership challenges.

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