As an internationally recognized expert on constitutional law, Sujit Choudhry, along with others, recently wrote an open letter to the governments of both Spain and Catalan about the current crisis they are facing. In the letter, Sujit Choudhry and his fellow scholars described how important it is for both sides to engage in dialogue with one another and act in good faith.
In the views of the scholars, they believe that the president of Catalan, Puigdemont, should hold a referendum so that people can vote on whether they should secede from the rest of Spain. They also said that Spain’s prime minister, Rajoy, should allow voters in the region to express their desires through a vote. While the independence of Catalan does have issues under the Spanish constitution the scholars emphasized that both sides in the issue have rights that need to be respected.
In the open letter that Sujit Choudhry was a co-author of, it was stated that it was in everyone’s best interests if the potential separation of Catalan from Spain was conducted peacefully and in an orderly manner. He stated that doing otherwise would risk the very ideals of what the European Union is all about. On October 1st a vote about succession had been held in Catalan but Spanish authorities engaged in brutality in order to prevent many from voting. For the professor’s views on politically related issues, click this link on iconnectblog.com.
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Sujit Choudhry has taught comparative constitutional law for almost 20 years. Among the schools he has taught at are the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, New York University School of Law, and his present position at the University of California, Berkeley- School of Law. When he started his career in 1996 he was a law clerk for Antonio Lamer, a now-retired chief justice of Canada. Related article on law.nyu.edu.
Recognizing that there remains a lot of unexplored knowledge when it comes to constitutional issues, Sujit Choudhry founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions in 2012. This is a group of scholars who cooperate in order to develop this knowledge so that policymakers have good information on which to base their work when handling constitutional issues. Additional reading on indiawest.com.
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