Establishing a national constitution is a major challenge for any country that is transitioning away from overt centralized governmental power. A constitution by design is an agreement between the people of a nation and officials within the national management system. But, there is always a significant problem. That problem is power. Power is a difficult entity to take away from a government by a population that has seen traditional oppression, especially when the military supports the current structure. Professor Sujit Choudhry understands this social struggle that occurs in all nations making the transition, and addressed the difficulties in finalizing a constitution in any sovereign country in July of 2017 in Kiev. To read more about his exemplary works, click on law.nyu.edu.
The Ukraine is a true example of a nation in transition, and Sujit Choudhry considered the opportunity to speak at the forum of experts in the field of transitioning democracies as an honor. Sujit Choudhry is Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions and is an academic authority in the area of semi-presidential power systems. The problem with power is that too much can be concentrated into the hands of one individual and having a two-president system can help greatly in reducing the potential for a unitary takeover of the nation.
In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry is also the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California Berkley School of Law, having served as Dean, and has given lectures on democratic transition in over two dozen countries. Professor Choudhry had previously been a Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University and the Scholl Chair at the University of Toronto. Read his views on matters, hit this link on iconnectblog.com.
Choudhry is also a Rhodes Scholar and earned additional law degrees at the University of Toronto and Harvard along with his Rhodes Scholar designation from the University of Oxford. He has also served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Choudhry’s Center for Constitutional Transitions has also preformed research and information exchange with over 50 other experts in the field in 25 countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia. To learn something about his published works, check indiawest.com.
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