Sujit Choudhry Meets with Ukraine Government Focused Consortium to Brainstorm Democracy, Constitution Creation

Sujit Choudhry, director and founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions met with members of the Ukrainian government and global think tank and policy experts to discuss challenges facing the interim government of Ukraine.

The government continues to face a number of challenges deriving from unclear separation of powers in the executive branches, a problematic electoral system, ineffective political parties and an unequal division of power between the branches of government.

During the workshop, which took place in Kiev during July, 2017, the team concentrated on issues related to the current semi-presidential system and the imbalanced executive privileges.

Other issues discussed involved current and ongoing constitutional difficulties that the Ukrainian government has been experiencing.

The meeting in Ukraine is part of what Sujit Choudhry has referred to as a recent wave of activity in constitution drafting and democracy transitions.

Composed of delegates from International IDEA, members of the Ukraine government and think tanks within the country, attendees included Sumit Bisarya, Sergyi Holovatyi, Vladimir Vasilenko, Ihor Koliushko and Viktor Musiaka.

Describing the meeting, Sujit Choudhry stated that it was an honor to have been part of the constitution discussions (

The Center for Constitutional Transitions works globally with policymakers and representatives from Non Governmental Entities (NGOs), think tanks and multilateral organizations to draft evidence-based constitutions, promoting democracy worldwide.

Using workshops, publications and conferences, Choudhry’s organization promotes project conceptualization and dissemination of their research findings.  Additional article on

Utilizing a network of experts from more than 25 countries, the Center for Constitutional Transitions is able to assist in a wide range of challenges that can occur in democracy promotion and constitution creation.

About Sujit Choudhry

Author of “Constitution Making,” a collection of scholarly writings and other publications, Sujit Choudhry serves as the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Known for his substantial activity in government, after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Law from Oxford University and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto, Choudhry served as the Law Clerk for the now retired Canadian Supreme Court Justice Antonio Lamer.

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Choudhry has also held teaching positions at University of Toronto, New York University School of Law and University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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