Sujit Choudhry

Leader, Professor and World Renown Speaker Sujit Choudhry Inspires Emerging Constitutional Democracies

The notable Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions and a University of California, Berkeley, School of Law professor Sujit Choudhry met with a workshop of other outstanding legal experts in Kiev, Ukraine to deliberate the semi-presidential system of government there. The government of Ukraine faces constitutional challenges, and the scholars met to discuss the options to improve Ukraine’s governing process. The Center of Policy and Legal Reform, a major Ukrainian think tank, joined with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) to host the workshop. Professor Sujit Choudhry’s reputation as an advisor to constitutional processes requires him to keep a busy schedule around the world.

Influencing Democracies through Books and Presentations

As the former dean of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Choudhry’s authoring of the first chapter and his co-editorship of “Constitution Making” contribute to the body of knowledge that makes his guidance valued globally. He regards it as a privilege to share his knowledge about constitutions to assist today’s thought leaders to support evidence-based options in the “constitutional reform process.” He notes the prevalence of “constitution-making decisions by transitional democracies.” His high intellect and commitment to furthering the understanding of the constitutional process provide enlightenment for people in countries around the world.

Of the workshop in Ukraine, Choudhry said that it was a “privilege to meet with some of the top researchers and constitutional experts” for discussions of executive powers. He cited some of the reasons that contributed to the instability of Ukraine’s democratization during the past 20 years. The combination of “weak political parties” with the concentrated “power of the presidency” creates an unstable situation. Further hindrances arise from an “electoral system for the legislature.” A primary consideration is the “separation of powers” that exist in the dual executive “between the President and the Prime Minister.”

Learning from Luminaries at the Kiev Workshop

Notable international figures joined Professor Chaudhry at the Kiev workshop, including Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University and Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA. The organization promotes the concept of sustainable democracy and helps consolidate electoral processes on a global scale. A roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for participants to hear from Vladimir Vasilenko who represents Ukraine on the UN Human Rights Council.

Sergi olovaty, a member of the Venice Commission as well as the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine contributed to the roundtable discussion. Viktor Musika represented the president in the 1996 Supreme Council and participated in the deliberations by world renown luminaries. A former MP and advisor to Ukraine’s president from 2005-2006, Thor Koliushko of the Center for Policy and Legal Reforms contributed his unique ideas among many that the highly knowledgeable group presented at the workshop.

Reviewing the Remarkable Career of Professor Sujit Choudhry

The extraordinary accomplishments of the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions include serving as the Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California as well as a stint as Dean of the Law School. His academic achievements led to his appointment as the Cecilia Goetz Professor of Law at the New York University and a similar honor at the University of Toronto where he served as the Scholl Chair. His stellar accomplishments make him an internationally recognized authority on the complex aspects of comparative constitutional law. For further reference, check on

As an advisor on the constitutional building processes, he offers extremely valuable assistance to countries around the world. He shares his in-depth field experience with diverse cultures that have a common goal of building a constitution, including Egypt and Ukraine, Tunisia and Jordan, Libya and Sri Lanka, South Africa and Nepal. His lectures and speeches have informed and fascinated people around the globe. Refer to for related article.

His rich background forms the basis for his multifaceted achievements in education and in advising governments. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned law degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions that include Harvard, Oxford and Toronto. As a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court, he expanded his knowledge of the courts.  For update of his timeline activities, hit on

Understanding the Work of the Center for Constitutional Transitions

Professor Choudhry’s position as the Center’s director places him at the ideal pinnacle where he leads with intellect, motivation and inspiration. The Center produces evidence-based policy options that work. Programs that have an evidence based approach must rely on rigorous research and evaluations. They benefit from verifying systems that work, eliminating inefficiencies and delivering reliable methodologies.

The work at the Center is field-driven, and its designs make it useful in the field. Projects contribute to the success of constitutional transitions by focusing on issues that have enormous importance. Professor Sujit Choudhry’s leadership in spearheading the Center’s efforts to produce agenda-setting research makes it a model that guides government officials to achieving positive outcomes. The Center brings theory and practice together by examining issues that do not receive adequate attention even though they have contemporary significance.

Following an Exceptional Leader

The groundbreaking research that Professor Choudhry conducts addresses a range of issues that confront the development of comparative constitutional law and related political matters. The use of constitutional design as a tool that helps countries transition from violence and lawlessness to peaceful democratic politics opens avenues to progress.

The Center addresses complex but realistic conditions that include constitutional design in societies that experience ethnic divides. The issues of federalism, secession and decentralization confront emerging democracies today just as they did when they appeared on the American landscape. Matters that require decisions and resolution seem to multiply under examination, calling for consideration of an official language policy, group and minority rights, constitutional courts and semi-presidentialism. The Center and its clients benefit enormously from the wisdom and experience of Professor Choudhry in guiding countries on the matters of bills of rights as well as proportionality.   For more of his insights and point of views, click this.

transitioning from an authoritarian rule that exists in many countries to democratic governance requires the broad understanding of an experienced leader. The list of concerns extends to methodological questions that the study of comparative constitutional law examines. Professor Choudhry brings his experience in writings about Canadian as well as United States constitutional law and his in-depth knowledge to every presentation that he makes.

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