Finding Middle Ground between Spain and Catalonia- Sujit Choudhry

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The standoff between Spain and Catalonia has been going on for a while now. Sujit Choudhry and other constitutional lawyers wrote an open letter to the two governments to encourage dialogue and prevent the looming crisis. In the letter, they ask the Catalonian president to show his people’s commitment to secession from Spain by organizing a referendum. They believe that this is the only way the Spanish government can even consider the plea of the people from Catalonia. The scholars further state that it is in everyone’s best interest for a peaceful solution to be found as soon as possible. They applauded the President’s decision to postpone the declaration of independence to give time for more talks.

Sujit Choudhry and his team also note that not everyone in Catalonia is for the secession plans and they believe that this minority opinion should also be considered. They condemned the manner in which Spain’s government used force to prevent the people of Catalonia from expressing their views in the first referendum attempt by Catalonia. They state that this was a violation of human rights for the people of Catalonia. Sujit Choudhry also says that if things are left to continue the way they are right now, then the existing crisis between the two will take a turn for the worst. The scholars state that the people of Catalonia should be heard and this can only be done through a referendum.  Additional article on

According to, Sujit Choudhry is a Professor of Law at the University of California and also a founding director of the Center of Constitutional Transitions. He has vast experience in Constitutional Law and has advised several countries while building their constitutions. He is also part of the United Nations Mediation roster which has helped in finding solutions to so many conflicts in the past.

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The Center for Constitutional Transitions, where Sujit is a director, gathers knowledge to support constitutional building by networking experts to carry out research projects. The organization has worked with over 50 experts and 25 nations in the process of building the law. His experience includes public dialogue sessions with civil societies and other stakeholders giving him the knowledge to speak about the Catalonia Spain stand-off.  Check on to read more about his advisory works.

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