Sujit Choudhry is one of the most recognizable legal experts. He is the faculty director and founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. This is one of the first university-based legal institutions. Its role is to generate and mobilize knowledge to support constitutional building across the globe. Under his leadership, the organization has become globally renowned as an advocate of legal reform.
Choudhry is also a globally recognized expert on matters pertaining to comparative constitutional development, and comparative constitutional law. His works mainly focus on the methodologies that can be used to facilitate the transition from political instability to peaceful democratic politics in ethnically divided countries. He has published nearly 100 articles, papers and reports, and book chapters.
Choudhry’s most notable publications include The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, and Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation. Currently, he is editing The Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law, and the Constitution Making. Choudhry has participated in the publication of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the South Africa’s Constitutional Court Review, and the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law.
Choudhry holds high-profile board memberships in notable global organizations. He is affiliated to the United Nations Mediation Roster. Besides this, he has widely consulted for the World Bank Institute, which is an organ of the World Bank. He mainly offers services about streamlining the international legal banking system. He has similarly partnered with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance to implement constitutional reform in Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, and Egypt.
Sujit has also served on the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel, which formulated major legal reforms in the leadership structure of Toronto’s municipal government. He acted as a counsel of record, and even made a presentation at the Supreme Court of Canada. His success in streamlining Toronto’s municipality saw him named Legal Practitioner of the Year by Toronto’s South Asian Bar Association in 2011.
Education Background and Legal Practice
Sujit earned his law degree from Oxford University. He holds postdoctoral degrees in law from the University of Toronto and Harvard University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Besides this, he worked as a law clerk of Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of Canada’s Supreme Court. Before his appointment at Berkeley Law, Sujit was a law professor at the New York University, and the University of Toronto. He was among the four Canadians who received the prestigious Trudeau Fellowship, which is the Canadian version of the MacArthur awards.