On the 10th of July, a group of talented political and legal specialists and theorists gathered in the city of Kiev, the capital and largest city of Ukraine. The desperate think tanks, policy specialists and analyst think thanks included the international institute of democracy and electorate assistance as well as the Center of Policy and Legal Reform. The topic under discussion was the constitutional challenges faced by the current government and potential corrective paths of action, such as policy form moving towards sustainable democracy. Additional article on constitutionaltransitions.org.
Notable among the ranks of the various different political policy experts was the New Delhi born, I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law, Sujit Choudhry, the leader of the center for constitutional transitions. Choudhry bears the unique distinction of being the first individual of Indian descent to advance to the position of Dean at a high ranking law school (University of California, Berkeley School of Law). Mr. Choudhry is best known for his work in constitutional reform and history and is also a expert in comparative constitutional law. To read about his published work, check on indiawest.com.
Mr. Choudhry starkly stated that he did not believe that the democratization process, thus far, in Ukraine, had been a highly unstable, and thus inefficient, one. Furthermore, he went on to say that two of the biggest contributing factors which have lent themselves to the overall governmental destabilization and weakening of the constitutional process included the highly centralized power contained within the office of the presidency and the comparatively weak and ineffectual political parties. To combat this, Choudhry highly and strongly recommended that all of the members present, and all those who would be involved in the process moving forward into the future, should collect as many different comparative policy trajectories from other similar constitutional democracies and use those models as a springboard and future model for further constitutional reform. To read about his achievements, click on law.nyu.edu.
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