Constitutional Transition Experts Instrumental For Transition Into Democracy

On 10th July in Kiev, Ukraine, some legal experts came together to discuss the system of governance in this Eastern European country. The legal challenges that were facing this semi-presidential system of governance were the center of discussion. Due to the precarious nature of this meeting, it was marked by attendance from prolific think tanks such as the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform, International Institute for Democracy and Electorate Assistance and other Intergovernmental Organizations whose work is to help in setting up sustainable democracies all over the world. Among these high profile constitutional experts was Sujit Choudhry who heads the Centre for Constitutional Transitions.

Sujit opined during the meeting that the problems facing the democracy in Ukraine arose from the presence of only weak political parties which is the opposite occurrence in mature democracies. The presidency in Ukraine is also characterized by mighty powers, and it has an electoral system that is comprised of the members of the Legislature. According to Sujit Choudhry, these factors have led to the instability that Ukraine is experiencing. He advised the leaders of Ukraine to put their focus on developing policies to help them in their constitutional reform and transition in governance. Additional article on

Sujit Choudhry’s Center for Constitutional Transitions employs the services of constitutional and political affairs experts drawn from across 25 countries. Professor Choudhry has published various research topics on constitutional law and explores ways in which constitutional design can be used as an instrument of managing governance transition from violent conflicts to democratic governments which are relatively peaceful. Sujit Choudhry has given speeches about constitutional building in volatile territories of Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia, Nepal, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and even South Africa.   For more of his advisory works, check

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Professor Sujit Choudhry got his law degree from the Oxford University and did his masters at the Harvard School of Law. During his early days of his law career, he was a law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada judge Chief Justice Antonio Lamer.  Refer to for more reading.

Sujit Choudhry has written numerous chapters on law books, reports, published articles and working papers. He has also authored four books centered on constitutions.  Related article on

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