Sujit Choudhry on Unlocking the Ukrainian Constitutional Deadlock

Education Background

Mr. Choudhry is a law professor at UC Berkeley. He was born in 1970 and has a law specialization in comparative constitutional law. Mr. Choudhry is a Biology graduate from McGill University; he later joined Oxford University for a Law degree. He got his LLB from University of Toronto and LL.M from Harvard Law School. He has also served as chairman of the Law faculty at the University of Toronto. He is of Indian origin.  For more of his achievements, click on law.nyu.edu.

Sujit Choudhry Career

He began his career as Antonio Lamer’s law clerk in 1996. Mr. Lamer was then Chief Justice at the Canadian Supreme Court. Hit this for a related article.  He then spent one year as a graduate fellow and visiting researcher with the Ethics and Professions center in Harvard Law School. He went back to Toronto University to be an assistant professor before getting tenure there in 2000. He served as associate dean in the same university. Mr. Sujit Choudhry joined the board of Legal Aid, a publicly funded programme offering legal assistance in Canada. He has also served as a member of the Toronto advisory panel. He was a consultant for two Canadian federal committees and has done consultancy work for the World Bank Institute. He has also served as Chairman for the Ontario based South Asians legal clinic.

Take on Ukraine’s Constitutional Challenges and Solution

Sujit Choudhry joined a team of experts in Ukraine to discuss the country’s semi-presidential government system. They discussed the challenges the system is facing, particularly constitutional challenges. Mr. Choudhry acknowledged that discussing executive powers before other experts was a great privilege and stated that Ukraine’s democratization was unstable. He further said that concentration of presidential powers, Ukraine’s electoral legislative system, and very weak political parties had led to its instability. Mr. Choudhry said it was critical for the leaders who are mandated to think about the country’s constitution, to not only discuss but to also collect policies based on options that support the reform process of the constitution. They should also focus on various case studies and use them in assembling information on constitutional reform.  To read about his published work, head over to indiawest.com.

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