Leading the charge to spread democracy, The Center for Constitutional Transition has worked with more than 50 experts in fields related to democracy promotion and constitution drafting in more than 25 countries around the globe. Direct participation in these efforts has resulted in the democracy spreading organization and its founder and director Sujit Choudhry being regarded as foremost advocates for re-engineering and updating the constitutions of governments throughout the world.
Choudhry’s understanding of democracy and constitution drafting is built on a foundation of theory and practical firsthand experience and knowledge from directly working with countries throughout the process.
Sujit Choudhry has earned law degrees from law schools in three countries. His impressive credentials include an LL.B. from Toronto University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Oxford School of Law and an LL.M. from Harvard University School of Law (blogs.law.nyu.edu).
He attributes his motivation to pursuing his advanced degrees from his being raised by parents, who were both professors and from whom he learned the value of higher education.
Through his approach that is based on dealing with obstacles through perseverance and staying focused on end results, Choudhry has been able to produce successes in situations that would have otherwise resulted in project abandonment (http://sujitchoudhry.com/advisory-work/).
It’s import, he notes to avoid the mindset that causes the perfect to be the enemy of the good when evaluating options with decision makers and other participants, a perspective that he is willing to adopt when evaluating a country’s constitutional needs, which vary based on the country’s history and political undercurrents.
When considering challenges to democracy, two main issues frequently reemerge.
The first challenge comes from threats to liberal global democracy, which are at their highest levels since World War 2.
As Americans, there is a tendency to think that the government system that is taught in American schools and reported in the media is the best. However a survey of other nations’ democracies would likely be disappointing to such a narrow perspective. A comparative analysis that considers all factors of a nation’s implementation of democratic principles and institutions is preferred when evaluating the American system to that of other countries, he notes.
Sujit Choudhry is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley.
In prior academic posts, Choudhry has served as a tenured Associate Professor of Law at the University of Toronto where he also sat as the Scholl Chair. He has also taught at New York School of Law as Cecilia Goetz Professor of Law.
As director and founder, Sujit Choudhry formed The Center for Constitutional Transition to actively promote democratic constitution creation through knowledge-based models resulting from the collaborative efforts of teams composed of political stakeholders, international experts, non- governmental organizations and think tanks.
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