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Sujit Choudhry: Sujit Choudhry Examines Poland’s Democracy

Hello America! How are you? Do you know what’s happening on the other side of the sea? Have you seen the article about Sujit Choudhry’s chapter on democracy in Poland? It showed up in LA NewsWatch recently and clearly needs the attention of all intelligent Americans and citizens of democratic countries.

This is not the America you remember from the 1940’s or 1950’s. America is changing fast. So is the rest of the world. At this time, The U.S. has a constitutional democracy that was generated historically and has served this country well, with the addition of different amendments as time has progressed. The three branches of government: judicial, legislative and executive have distinctly different powers and responsibilities.

The chapter Dr. Choudhry has written about the deterioration of democracy in Poland will be in the upcoming book Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?. Choudhry presents examples of how the majority party in the parliament in Poland has made multiple simple and subtle changes over a period of at least a year.

While each change appears innocuous, combined they undermine the foundations of a constitutional democracy. The removal of protective clauses and rules makes it easier to ensure that the next election will be dominated by the current party in power. It gives the, now democratic, President autocratic powers.

Are you listening, America? Do you see parallels?

Sujit Choudhry needs to be called to America to review the current status of what appears to be a solid democratic society, with a wide range of problems. Dr. Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of Constitutions in Transition and teaches law at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served many international leaders in times of crisis to negotiate peaceful solutions among extremely disparate groups.

Read more on http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry

International leaders respect Dr. Sujit Choudhry. His perspective comes from years of direct experience with the World Bank and United Nations. Do not ignore the implications he presents about democracy in Poland.

Connect with Choudhry, check Crunchbase, Twitter.

Sujit Choudhry: Professor, Advisor, and Expert in Comparative Constitutional Law

Sujit Choudhry is an individual with many titles. As a professor, he has taught law at prominent universities. He has been a professor of law at the University of California Berkley since 2014. Before that, Sujit Choudhry was a professor of law at the New York University School of Law from 2011-2014. He was also a tenured associate professor of law at The University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 2004-2010.

As a researcher, writer, and advisor, Choudhry work is focused  on comparative constitutional law and politics issues in the United States and Canada.

Areas that he has researched-in include:

  • minority and group rights
  • semi-presidentialism
  • constitutional design in ethnically divided societies
  • security sector oversight
  • decentralization and secession
  • Many more areas

As an advisor, Sujit Choudhry has advised in constitutional building in countries such as Yemen, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Tunisia and many countries in Africa. He has been advising for over 20 years. He is also a public speaker and has given lectures in over two dozen countries.

Read more about Choudhry’s advisory work at http://sujitchoudhry.com/advisory-work/

Sujit Choudhry’s latest publication is a book that he co-wrote called Constitution Making. In the book, he has a chapter titled Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? that focuses on a tweet from December of 2017 by Eric Holder, the former Attorney General under President Obama. The tweet purported that if Robert Muller was terminated from his position as White House Special Counsel, that would be an “absolute red line” and that the American people should protest peacefully if this were to happen. Choudhry wrote that Holder’s tweet is about “constitutional self-enforcement, built around the concept of a focal point”, and he points out that it is interesting that Holder, someone who was once the nations top law enforcement official, is not even calling upon a legal challenge in the attempt to terminate Mueller. The chapter goes on to further break down and analyze Holder’s tweet. Sujit Choudhry is an accomplished writer, researcher, and advisor, and further study of his book proves just how adept he is in researching comparative constitutional law.

To keep up with Choudhry, follow Twitter, Crunchbase.

Why Sujit Choudhry Established The Centers For Constitutional Transitions

The Centers for Constitutional Transitions is an organization headquartered in California that provides information to policymakers who are forming or changing a nations constitution. It was founded by comparative constitutional scholar Sujit Choudhry and he acts as its director (constitutionaltransitions.org).  He has formed partnerships around the world with think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral organizations. He says that so far he has worked with more than 50 other constitutional experts located in over 25 nations.

Choudhry has helped many policymakers in emerging democracies around the world. He says he founded his center because when it comes to constitutions there is a lot of information that is either missing, wrong, or incomplete. He wanted to develop this information in a structured fashion which led to the Centers for Constitutional Transitions.

Because he has law degrees from three separate nations, Sujit Choudhry says that helps him take a more global view of things. He says one of the things he has learned over the course of his career is that people in different countries often have very different views of things then people do in other nations. He has learned to listen to people and see things from their point of view when acting as a constitutional advisor. He says that the people who are actually on the ground are the ones he talks to because they know what the issues are.

Sujit Choudhry has taught comparative constitutional law in two states, California and New York, as well as in Toronto, Canada. His career started in 1996 when he was a law clerk for a year at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was appointed to the Chief Justice of Canada at the time, Antonio Lamer (blogs.law.nyu.edu).

In addition to running his center, Sujit Choudhry also teaches at the Berkeley campus of the University of California – School of Law. He had been teaching there since 2014. He has also written a number of textbooks about his legal specialty. His latest one was “The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution”. He has written five books with the first one being published in 2006. Additional article on medium.com.

 

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How Does Comparative Constitutional Law Work?

Comparative constitutional law is a field of study that’s “collecting dust” if you’re unfamiliar with it. This branch of legal study works internationally and as emerging countries or group identities take form to establish nations. Comparative studies and the advancement of democracy is often the objective.

This is why a comparative process in put into place.

Every growing nation in democracy must establish the parameters of their governments and how they will operate. Interestingly, this requires that the formation of a constitution is taken into account for the values, beliefs and psychology of a nation. These documents help to move a country forward and to give it organization as it operates.

How Is It Applied And To Who

Comparative constitutional law is understood by looking at how the world is forming and bringing people to the democratic platform. The process begins with an analysis. What professionals learn regarding analysis goes beyond a mere glimpse of a local newspaper. These professionals are legal experts that must dig into technical data and history.

The results lead to the ideas and solutions we live.

What it’s important to realize is that nations have special facets relating to their people, economy and location. The variety of governing aspects to consider brings a wealth of information that the world’s leading professionals have to go through. This is how you truly create a new nation within the democratic field (prnewswire.com).

Looking Closer Toward Sujit Choudhry

People who work in comparative constitutional law are also professionals in transition. This brings to mind Sujit Choudhry and the history of international comparative studies he forwards. This man now leads the educational field of constitutional law and does so because of a long work history. Sujit’s experience stems from his work abroad. Check iconnectblog.com for an interesting interview.

He’s been called to rebuild the destruction of North African countries like Libya and Egypt (http://sujitchoudhry.com/advisory-work/).  These foreign nations are embracing a more democratic structure. They are able to with the guidance of a legal professional who understands the process of transition. The work that brings new nations to democracy begins with analysis and comparative law.

For update on his recent timeline activities, check LinkedIn.