Sujit Choudhry Attends Constitutional Workshop to Help the Ukraine

Many countries around the world have transformed their governments. Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union rejected communism and, in some cases, changed their geographic borders. Many other countries went from being authoritarian dictatorships to democracies.

In all these cases, one vital issue is the new or transformed country’s constitution, the foundation for the government’s structure and how it serves the interests of its citizens.

The Constitution of the United States is an example that has lasted for over 230 years despite numerous changes in the country and many crises, including a full-scale armed conflict, and many alterations. Despite its current political conflicts, the Constitution remains in effect. Everybody argues about it and what parts of it mean, but no mainstream politician in the United States questions its validity.

Sujit Choudhry is an expert in constitutional law. He works with countries undergoing legal and governmental transitions.  Check this recently written post of Sujit on

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In July 2017 he attended a workshop in Kiev on how to write a constitution that encourages governmental stability such as the United States has achieved. The Ukraine declared independence from Russia after the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, but it has failed to achieve the solid democracy its people hoped for. At the workshop, Sujit Choudhry and other experts in comparative constitutional law discussed how the Ukraine could modify its current constitution to achieve a more reliable democracy. It has gone from crisis to crisis.

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Sujit Choudhry and the other experts discussed the Ukraine’s semi-presidential system. Under the constitution the Ukraine adopted upon its independence, it has had a dual executive branch of government. It has both a president and a prime minister. However, the president has the most power. And the president has a lot more power than the legislature and the courts. Therefore, it’s too easy for a dishonest president to get away with corruption or wielding power against the will of the people.

Sujit Choudhry serves as director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, which works with experts to help guide countries such as the Ukraine to write effective constitutions. He also is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law.  To read more about Sujit, click

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