The name Sujit Choudhry may not be familiar to many outside of law and international politics but he is a man with many accomplishments. Currently he is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley – School of Law as well holding law degrees from Oxford and Toronto. As the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions Professor Choudhry has also served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. A published author and an expert who is sought after in comparative constitution law and politics. Read about his published work, check on indiawest.com.
The work that Professor Sujit Choudhry does within the Center for Consitutional Transitions has affected policies around the globe. His belief is that with a sound constitutional application there can be peaceful resolutions instead of violent conflicts. Such is the case with the current situation in Catalonia and Spain. Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org.
Professor Choudhry has helped to pen an open letter to the decision makers in Spain in Catalonia. Working with other scholars this letter is in the hopes that both Spain and Catalonia can find a peaceful democratic resolution to their current situation. The letter in part states the need for Catalonian President Puigdemont and Prime Minister Rajoy of Spain to start a dialogue regarding the secession of Catalonia.
The letter is also asking for the Prime Minister to hear the Catalonia people and accept that this is what they are asking for. The scholars and Professor Choudhry believe that a referendum on the Prime Minister’s part is one step towards a peaceful resolution. When Catalonia went to hold a referendum on it’s independence in October, the police of Spain had an awful conflict with civilians. This open letter is asking that these kinds of incidences are avoided in the future. Additional article to read on works.bepress.com.
Professor Choudhry sees that the people of Catalonia are not necessarily as convinced that secession is the only answer. The scholars and he see that there is opportunity for the people of Spain and Catalonia to use less radical referendums to appease the people of Catalonia. Through peaceful democratic talks and an immediate stop of the current direction Prime Minister Rajoy is heading. This letter is looking to stop a move towards any more negative practices by the Prime Minister towards those asking for secession. Read more about the professor, hop over to this.
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