Constitutional scholar Sujit Choudhry and many other experts in the field recently attended a workshop on constitutional instability in Ukraine. The workshop was organized by the prominent Ukrainian think tank, the Center for Policy and Legal Reform, and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. The workshop’s goal was to discuss the many constitutional challenges faced by the semi-presidentialism system of government in the Ukraine and find ways to improve the governmental processes.
Some of the problems Sujit Choudhry and the other constitutional scholars discussed included:
- The president having too much power.
- The need for a stronger legislature to provide checks and balances.
- The electoral system that’s poorly designed.
- Too many weak political parties.
- The need for a stronger separation of powers.
The Center for Constitutional Transitions, the organization Choudhry founded, is conducting ongoing research on Ukraine’s governmental and constitutional structures. Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org. International constitutional law experts pledged to continue to monitor Ukraine’s issues closely.
According to blogs.law.nyu.edu, born in New Delhi, Sujit Choudhry is internationally acknowledged as a leading scholar on constitutional law. A Rhodes Scholar, he has law degrees from Oxford University, Harvard Law School and the University of Toronto. Choudhry has also taught law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and New York University School of Law and was on the law faculty at the University of Toronto. He has also won numerous awards. They include a Cecelia Goetz Professorship, a William E. Taylor Memorial Fellowship, a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship and a Trudeau Fellowship. Check this must-read interview of Sujit on ceocfointerviews.com.
Sujit Choudhry has published almost 100 articles, book chapters, papers and reports on constitutional law and related topics. Check this recently written article of Sujit here. His organization has brought together over 50 experts and helped with constitution building activities in more than 25 countries worldwide. Choudhry is a member of numerous organizations including the Institute for Integrated Transitions and the International Society of Public Law. He also collaborates with a vast global network of organizations and think tanks involved in constitutional law and issues related to it. A former consultant with the World Bank Institute, he remains very active as a lawyer, educator and author. Click crunchbase.com for Sujit’s timeline activities.
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