Comparative Constitutional Law in Democratic Transitions

Sujit Choudhry is a professor of comparative constitutional law and former Dean of Berkeley Law. He holds law degrees from Harvard, Toronto, Oxford, and was a Rhodes Scholar. His research on comparative constitutional development addresses fundamental methodology questions. The questions are about constitutional design and comparative constitutional law as a tool in transition management from violent conflicts to peaceful democratic politics. The research covers ethnically divided societies, secession, federalism, constitutional courts, and constitutional design based on transitions from authoritarian rule to democratic.

 

The professor has published at least 90 articles, reports, working papers and book chapters. Some of the edited collections include The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, the Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law and Constitution Making. Sujit is a member of the international society of public law executive committee.  See and read related articles here constitutionaltransitions.org.

 

Professor Sujit Choudhry founded the center of constitution transitions, which mobilizes and generates knowledge for structure building. He worked as an expert in constitutional transitions in Jordan, Egypt, Nepal, Tunisia, Libya, Canada, and Sri Lanka.

He is a leading expert in thematic research projects offering practitioners’ evidence-based policy options. The research collaborates with think tanks, universities, multilateral organizations, and NGOs. Currently, he is co-leading three global collaborative research projects in partnership with the international institute for democracy and electoral assistance.

 

The research deals with security sector reforms, security sector oversight, and territorial cleavages in constitutional transitions. Sujit Choudhry is a consultant to the World Bank and a member of the United Nations Mediation Roaster. He is a member of Toronto advisory panel, which proposes major reforms to municipal government structures. He has been counsel on the record before the Canadian Supreme Court.

 

Comparative law

This is the study of relationships between legal systems. It considers the differences and similarities between the system rules. Also, it compares legal systems to understand different legal cultures. The comparative law helps in understanding foreign legal systems.

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In the globalization age, it plays a great role in international unification and harmonization of laws leading to better international cooperation. The Foreign law helps in the drafting of new legislation. Professor Sujit Choudhry focuses more on methodology, which provides the legal materials for peace building.