Sujit Choudhry on Spain and Catalonia’s Current Crisis

Sujit Choudhry among other leading law scholars including Zoran Oklopcic, Asanga Welikala, and Robert Howse recently wrote an open letter to the Spanish and Catalan governments about the current crisis in Catalonia that required both of them to engage in dialogue. The leaders wrote the letter hoping that the two states will consider having a discussion to solve their current crisis.

In their letter of plea, the scholars explain that a peaceful and agreeable dialogue between the two governments will benefit the people of Catalonia and Spain. In the letter, co-authored by Sujit Choudhry, the scholars ask the President of Catalonia, Mr. Puigdemont to show his commitment to seceding from Spain. They also requested the Prime Minister of Spain to agree that many Catalans want the secession and their desire should be looked into.

They also penned down that they believed that a referendum is the best way that the president of Spain can show his commitment to serving the Catalan people. They go on to say that a poll will help everyone understand that the Catalan’s quest for independence has issues with the Spanish constitution. In the end, the scholars say that both governments should come to a settlement that concedes the rights of both sides and acknowledges the desires of the Catalan people.  Related article on

The fact that the Catalonian president rescheduled Catalonia’s independence declaration to continue with dialogue with Spain needs to be seen as a right decision. The scholars, however, stated that the Catalonians had shown doubt concerning independence, and others are against entirely against it. The scholars went on to say that most people have to agree with the new solution and the government will have to establish this through fair, democratic, and accurate means.  Additional reading here.

According to, Sujit Choudhry is an I. Michael Heyman law Professor at the University of California. He is known for his broad knowledge of comparative constitutional law and politics. He has been an advisor to numerous foreign dignitaries that were building constitutions in their countries. He is also part of the United Nations Mediation Roster and the director and founder of the Centre for Constitutional Transitions.

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