Sujit Choudhry Addresses Ukraine’s Constitutional Challenges

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October 24, 2017

A team of constitutional experts gathered on July 10th 2017 in Kiev to discuss the Ukraine’s semi-presidential government and the challenges facing it. Among those who were present is the director of the Center for Constitutional Transition, Sujit Choudhry. Intergovernmental organizations, Center for Policy and Legal Reforms, and The International Institute hosted the workshop for Democracy and Electorate Assistance.

Experts Present at the Workshop

The workshop was attended by people who are well versed in constitutional matters and whose input was highly required. Among them were Ukraine’s human rights representative Vladimir Vasilenko, Sumit Bisarya from International IDEA, and Thomas Sidelius from Dalarna University. Sergyi Holovatyi of Ukraine’s Constitutional Commission, Viktor Musiaka of the Supreme Court, and Ihor Koliushko of the Center for Policy and Legal Reform were also present in the workshop.

Sujit Choudhry noted that Ukraine’s democratization was unstable. He blamed weak political parties, the concentration of presidential power, and legislature electoral system for the instability. He was also keen to mention the recent trend where transitional democracies are being involved in constitution making process. He went ahead to advise the current constitution makers to correct this and make policies that support the constitutional reform process.  Read a relevant article which tackle a politically related issue, hit on thereisnoconsensus.com.

Constitution Making Process

The Center for Constitution Transitions is involved in constitution building process. It is made of experts from over 25 countries. Through mobilizing international networks of experts, the center manages to generate knowledge that assists in constitution building. They also partner with constitution think tanks, NGO’s, and global multilateral organizations in aiding the decision makers. Those partners help in the conceptualization of ideas, planning of workshops, expert recruitment, publications, and output research dissemination.  Additional article to read here

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a law professor at the California University, Berkeley where he was also a dean. Before his current position, he was the professor of law at the New York University. Sujit is recognized internationally for his knowledge on comparative constitutional law and politics. He has served as a constitutional advisor in several countries and lectures on constitutional matters.  To keep up-to-date with his latest work, check on researchgate.net.

In addition, he has written several articles and academic papers on constitutional law and case studies. Sujit is actively involved in constitutional research where he addresses comparative constitutional law and politics. He has also written Sujit Choudhry’s Law Making.  Read his blogs, visit his facebook.com page.

Have an in-depth look at Sujit’s profile visit http://sujitchoudhry.com/

Sujit Choudhry Speaks about the Growing Importance of the Interpretation of Constitutions

Sujit Choudhry is towering personality in comparative law and constitution development process. He says that proper interpretation of the constitution has a growing importance in the recent years. Sujit thinks that constitutional democracies around the world face multiple challenges, and this leads to the better interpretation of the constitution a requirement. He confirms that the constitutional democracies should learn from the success and failures of other countries. Sujit Choudhry thinks that the best way to address various issues, while working with different cultures, is to listen to the people on the ground and be responsive to them. The constitutional experts should immerse into the new environment and look things in the perspective of the native person to understand it better. Choudhry confirms that people around the world see things in different views.  For more of his insights and point of views on issues and matters around, check iconnectblog.com.

While coming to The Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry says that it generates a lot of knowledge and practical data that can effectively be utilized for the constitution building process. The Center networks with experts around the globe and creates evidence-based policy options for the agenda-setters and decision-makers.   Relevant article worth reading here.

Ideally, the Center has made a partnership with think tanks, NGOs, and multilateral organizations across the globe. Sujit Choudhry says that the Center has collaborated with more than 50 constitutional experts from at least 25 countries. He confirms that while he was working as a constitutional advisor to some countries, Sujit identified many of the information and knowledge for constitution building is either non-existent, outdated, or incomplete. This is where Choudhry thought to set up Constitutional Transitions to fill the gaps in knowledge.  Useful info on independent.adademia.edu.

Sujit Choudhry is an I. Michael Heyman Professor at the University of California and has extensive experience in collaborating with constitution building process of a number of countries. He was part of the constitution building process in Egypt, Nepal, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Libya, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen, and Ukraine.  Added reference on papers.ssrn.com.

Sujit Choudhry also worked with the University of Toronto and New York University as faculty of Law. He was chosen as the Scholl Chair of the University of Toronto. Choudhry lectured in more than two dozen countries. He earned his Masters of Law from Harvard Law School. Read his blogs, visit his facebook.com page.

To read more about him, visit

http://sujitchoudhry.com/about/