Meet Prof. Sujit Choudhry, a leading constitutional law expert

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The Centre for Constitutional Transitions Director Sujit Choudhry was among the legal experts who converged at Kiev in July this year to discuss the semi-presidential government system of Ukraine. Among those in attendance were representatives of the Centre for Policy and Legal Reform, the International Institute for Democracy and Electorate Assistance, among other international bodies. According to Sujit Choudhry, the stability of Ukraine democracy has been under challenges. The weakness of political parties, too much power gets vested on the presidency at the expense of other arms of government, and a weakened electoral system were some of the obstacles.

Mr. Sujit Choudhry, who has served as a constitutional consultant for various jurisdictions across the globe, was joined by other notable people for this event. They included the likes of Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University; Ukraine Representative on Human Rights, Vladimir Vasikenko; a member of the constitutional commission of Ukraine, Sergyi Holovatyi; and the presidential representative in the Supreme Court, Viktor Musiaka among others.

In addition to lecturing in various parts of the world on constitutional matters, Sujit has also authored a book Constitutional Making, a collection of classic articles, scholarly writings, and Constitutional law case studies, has received extensive readership among legal scholars.  Related article on

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Not only is Mr. Sujit Choudhry the first Indian-Ameican dean of the University of California at Berkeley Law School, but he is also a reputed expert in comparative constitutional law. The 47-year old scholar is also a holder of Master’s in Law (LL.M) from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in law (LL.B) from Oxford University.

Being the director of the reputed Centre for Constitutional Transitions, Prof. Choudhry has traversed various countries from Africa to Asia and Europe offering legal expertise in the field of constitutional law. When it comes to designing constitutions, the Professor has a unique leverage because of his training in comparative constitutional law and politics.  Read more about his works, check

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