Sujit Choudhry Talks About Constitutional Challenges

Sujit Choudhry is the current director for the Center for Constitutional Transitions, and has held the position since 2012. The Center works to produce and disseminate information in support of constitutional making. Sujit is also a professor of law at the University of California. He is known to be an expert in constitutional law and politics. He serves as an advisor to the processes of building constitutions in various countries including Ukraine, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Jordan and many other countries.  Read more about his advisory work on

On July 10th, Sujit Choudhry joined other high-ranking constitutional experts in discussing several issues including the semi-presidential system of governance in Ukraine and the constitutional challenges facing the system. During the workshop, Choudhry recognized that it was a privilege to converse matters relating to executive powers in the presence of professionals. He proceeded to openly point out the instability the instability in the democratization of Ukraine. He attributed the uncertainty to several factors including the concentration of presidential powers, weak political parties, and the electoral system of the legislature system among others.

Various notable participants took part in the workshop. Among them was Thomas Sidelius, Sumit Bisarya (International IDEA), Vladimir Vasilenko (Ukraine’s representative on human rights), Sergyi Holovatyi (from theConstitutional Commission of Ukraine) and Viktor Musiaka (representative of the president in the Supreme Court) and Ihor Koliushko (advisor to the president). These people are highly knowledgeable with regards to the subject at hand, and their input was vital in the workshop.  Hop over to to watch his acceptance speech to an award accorded to him.

Sujit did not leave out the topic regarding the participation of the transitional democracies in the decisions of the making the constitution. Concerning the same subject, he urged leaders to deliberate on policies that will aid the constitutional reform process. He pointed that the topic on constitutional making attracts the interest of many scholars. The scholars look at articles and case studies and use these to gather information on the subject of making a constitution.  Additional reading on

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Sujit also mentioned the critical role played by The Center of Constitutional Transition in generating and rallying information that supports the making of the constitution. The center achieves its mandate by gathering and leading a global team of experts tasked with producing policy options based on evidence. The international experts help the choice makers and research to set the agenda. The decision makers together with the think tanks, Non-governmental organizations and a global network of multilateral groups have been able to achieve their task. The partners have input at each step of the Center for constitutional work; from project conceptualization, recruitment of experts, organizing conferences and workshop, to publication and dissemination of research results. The team of experts entails senior policy experts and leading scholars with field experience. The achievement of the center is attributed to the involvement and integration of experts from over 25 countries. These experts share ideas and come up with solutions to various problems including constitutional, security and democratic challenges faced by various countries.  For further reading, click on

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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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