Sujit Choudhry together With Three Other Law Scholars Believe That Dialogue in Good Faith Will Solve the Crisis between Catalonia and Spain

Sujit Choudhry is well-known for his mastery of the international law and comparative constitutional law. As a scholar of the law, he recently led three of his colleagues in airing their views on the current crisis in Catalonia. Sujit, Zoran Oklopic, Asanga Welikala, and Robert Howse addressed the constitutional issues to President Puigdemont of Catalonia and Minister Rajoy of Spain in an open letter.  Related article on

Issues Highlighted

The issues discussed in the letter included how the Spanish government prevented the Catalonians from participating in a referendum last month. According to the four scholars, the occurrence only made the situation worse. It also threatened the European Union foundational principles and can lead to abuse of human rights. It is true that there will be constitutional difficulties if Catalonia secedes from Spain. There is also a group of Catalonians who are against the idea of secession. The scholars noted that though they are the minority, their desires should not be ignored.

Possible Solutions

Sujit Choudhry and the team of experts suggested dialogue as the best way that will solve the crisis and ensure that the interest of all people is handled fairly. They commended the move by President Puigdemont to put on hold the declaration of independence in Catalonia in a bid to pave the way for talks. They, however, advised him to arrange a referendum that will show the wish of the Catalonians. They noted that the poll would go a long way in showing his commitment to secession. In return, they called for the Spanish government to allow the Catalonia people to carry out the exercise in peace.   Read about his published work on

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry stands out as an international law expert who is conversant with laws of many countries around the world.   Related article here. He is extensively learned on the subject having earned a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University. He also holds three other degrees from the University of Oxford, University of Toronto and the prestigious Harvard Law School.  Additional article on

Sujit Choudhry kicked off his career in law as clerk in the Supreme Court of Canada in 1996. He currently works as an I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California in Berkeley. He also runs the Center for Constitutional Transitions.

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