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

Sujit Choudhry’s Expertise in Constitution Making Will Shock You

Sujit Choudhry holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Harvard, which he obtained after completing his undergraduate degree in Law at Oxford.

After completing his education, Sujit Choudhry eventually became the Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and was the first Indian-American to hold this title at UC Berkeley. Since then, he has gone on to become the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berekeley’s School of Law. He is also the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Due to his prestigious education, prominent professional experience, and unique insights, Sujit Choudhry is a highly respected authority when it comes to comparative constitutional law.  Related article on

To read more about the professor’s advisory works, check

On July tenth, Sujit Choudhry joined top constitutional experts in Kiev to discuss modern challenges of creating, maintaining, and enforcing constitutions. His input at the conference included a criticism of the democratization in Ukraine, which he claims has been unstable due to the concentration of presidency power, the legislature electoral system and the weak political parties.  Read an important interview with him, hit on

Sujit Choudhry also discussed the recent wave of involvement of transitional democracies in constitutional decision making. However, he still believes it is important for thought leaders to discuss policy based options in the constitutional reform process. This is something that is also done at the Center for Constitutional Transitions, where he is the Director. The Center does this by generating and mobilizing knowledge supporting constitution building. This is essentially what Sujit Choudhry was doing at the conference, instead this time with outside experts as opposed to those he works with at the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Related reading on

If you are interested in anything related to constitutions, from design to implementation, Sujit Choudhry’s work comes second to none. He is the thought leader and authority on the subject, and this prestige is well deserved because of his education and experience. Look to his work for any questions regarding this topic.  Read about his published work, click this.

Follow his tweets, visit


The term comparative law brings to mind the name Sujit Choudhry, an expert in comparative constitutional law. Born in New Delhi, Sujit is currently the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. As a young boy, he attended the University of Toronto Schools for his high school education and afterwards McGill University where he studied Biology. His B.A. in law was acquired from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, then he went on to pursue his L.L.B. at the University of Toronto and finally his L.L.M at Harvard Law School.

Sujit Choudhry, a family man and a father of two, not only boasts a rich educational background but also a rich and vast professional experience. Starting his career in 1996 as a law clerk of the Supreme Court of Canada under Chief Justice Antonio Lamer, he has over the years risen to hold some of the highest positions in the legal field. Sujit Choudhry has served in the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario, one of the world’s largest publicly funded legal assistance programs. He has also served at New York University School of Law as the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law. His ambition has seen him be the first Indian-American Dean.  Check

Crowning his successful career are numerous awards to his name. Other than being a Rhodes Scholar, he has held the William E. Taylor Memorial Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) as well as Harvard University’s Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship. In recognition of his tremendous work, the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto awarded him Practitioner of the Year Award in 2011.  Related articles on

Comparative law is an academic discipline that entails studying the relationship between different legal systems in the world. Elements that constitute the different legal systems or the rules in the various legal systems are compared to establish their similarities and their differences. This discipline comprises of sub-disciplines such as comparative constitutional law, comparative criminal law, and comparative administrative law, among others.

Useful reference here.

Comparing different legal systems can be traced back to the 18th century with Montesquieu as the early founding figure. The first university course in comparative law was offered at University of Oxford under Sir Henry Maine’s watch as professor. The three aims of comparative law are: the acquisition of deeper knowledge of the world’s legal systems, perfection of the existing legal systems and contribution to the unification of these legal systems.  More of his works on