Sujit Choudhry and Colleagues Call for Constitutional Dialogue in Resolving Spanish Impasse

Sujit Choudhry joined other constitutional law scholars in penning an opinion on current affairs in Spain more so events in Catalonia. In the letter Sujit Choudhry jointly authored with two others, the constitutional scholars expressed their desire to see all sides engaged in constitutional dialogue. They insisted that only an open-minded discussions will lead to viable solutions. In a message targeted to both the Spanish national government and the Catalonian government, the scholars opined that a referendum was only a means through which the wishes of Catalonians could be known. Spanish Prime Minister Mr. Rajoy was specifically requested to ensure his government does not resort to violent suppression of Catalonia’s independence bid.

The scholars observed that the attempts by the Spanish government were only making an already tense situation much tenser. Identifying the activities of October 1st when the national government resorted to forceful means as a step backward in the development of democracy. Further, such steps only served to undermine the European Union ideals.

Sujit Choudhry and his colleagues seemed to suggest that both sides should climb down from hardline positions on their stands. While commending Mr. Puigdemont for suspending the declaration of independence in favor of continued dialogue, they cautioned him to go slow on excessive secession rhetoric. The ideal scenario was that both leaders should pursue other constitutional means that will guarantee more autonomy for Catalonia and maintain the territorial integrity of Spain.

Mr. Sujit Choudhry has served as a constitutional advisor in many circumstances around the world most notably in ceasefire negotiations during situations of political violence. He is widely respected for his experience in leading stakeholder consultations, offering enhanced advisory services to technical teams, and as a facilitator of public dialogue.  For more of his views on politically related issues, check

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Sujit Choudhry specializes in comparative constitutional law, constitutional designs as a useful tool for resolving political issues that could end up in violent confrontations, constitutionalism and ethnic divisions, decentralization versus secession, federalism, constitutions in the transitions from dictatorship to democracy, and constitutional building process in general.  For his timeline activity update, hit

For 20 years, Sujit Choudhry has held various positions ranging from being a Dean at the Berkeley School of Law to being a Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions at the University of California.

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