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Sujit Choudhry’s contribution to democratic stability

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Sujit Choudhry was part of the round table discussion held in Kiev, Ukraine. The round table discussion was organized by the Center of Policy and Legal Reform, one of the major think tanks in Ukraine, in collaboration with International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, international IDEA is a body that works with governments to ensure sustainable democratic governance in each country they work with. The discussion was held to discuss the democratic challenges currently being faced by the government of Ukraine and its semi-presidential state.  Check patch.com for more reading.

The discussion held on 10 of July was graced by constitutional experts such as Thomas Sidelius from Dalarna University and Sumit Bisarya, from International IDEA. Other people who contributed to the discussion included a representative of Ukraine from UN Human Rights Council, Vladimir Vasilenko, a representative of the president in the Supreme Council, the advisor to the president among many others. The turn up of many dignitaries and political leaders showed that the country took the discussion seriously and is a promise of positive response. Having many contributors to the discussion also saw an array of topics picked and tackled thus giving insights to those who took part and shedding light on a possible way forward.  Read his ideas on medium.com.

What inspired the organizers of this discussion to organize the round table was the political instability in the country. For the past 20 years, Ukraine’s democracy has been under threat of authoritarianism. Having experts discuss the issues the government is dealing with was aimed at helping the political leaders bring back peace and democratic stability through their constitution.

Sujit Choudhry, being the founder and director the Center for Constitutional Transitions, his input during the discussion was invaluable, hit linkedin.com to connect with him.  His organization works with experts from across the globe to come up with knowledge backed up with constitution policies to come up with solutions to violent regimes and help solve democratic problems in governments. His position as lecturer of law in the University of California, Berkeley has also made him an authority in matters of constitutional challenges. He has spoken in over 24 countries and has worked with over a dozen countries to help sort out constitutional issues.

Read his interview  on http://www.iconnectblog.com/2017/02/five-questions-with-sujit-choudhry/

How Sujit Choudhry And His Fellow Scholars Thinks Spain And Catalan Should Address Succession

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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.

Learn details about his published works, check on this.

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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