The Constitution and Emerging Democracies

If you haven’t heard of Sujit Choudhry, he is the founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, a division of NYU’s School of Law. Founded in 2012, the Center for Constitutional Transitions is aimed at creating a greater understanding of the constitution, as well as the main tenets of constitution building. The organization prides themselves on helping emerging democracies amend their current constitutions or create new ones. Sujit Choudhry brings a considerable amount of knowledge and experience to the organization; prior to his role with the Center for Constitutional Transitions, he spent several years in the political and legal arenas and possesses law degrees from three different countries, including Canada, the United States, and England.

In 1992, Sujit Choudhry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, before going on to earn a BA in Law from the University of Oxford in 1994. In an effort to further his education, he also attended the University of Toronto, where he earned a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1996, and then went on to study at Harvard Law school, earning a Master of Laws degree, in 1998.  Related article here.

Choudhry’s career achievements are as extensive, as they are impressive; he has been recognized as a leader in politics and comparative constitutional law and has over 20 years of experience, serving as a constitutional advisor. He has participated in several speaking engagements, spanning multiple countries including Nepal, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Jordan, and many others. In addition, Sujit Choudhry is a recipient of the Rhodes Scholar Award, an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. Read more about his achievements in this link on

In his role as Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry has helped the organization forge partnerships with non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and most importantly, multilateral organizations. These various partnerships have made it possible to help generate policy options for leaders in emerging democracies. In fact, the Center for Constitutional Transitions has worked with over 25 countries, to either streamline their existing constitutional processes or aid in establishing new ones.  Related article on

In addition to his many speaking engagements and his work with the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Choudhry is a proficient writer, publishing well over 90 articles on constitutional topics. These written works include “Integration or Accommodation,” published in 2008, as well as “The Migration of Constitutional Ideas,” published in 2016.  Check

A note-worthy interview of the professor here

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