Sujit Choudhry: Scholar, Professor And Expert on Comparative Constitutional Law

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally known authority when it comes to comparative constitutional law. A I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law, his research deals with issues like constitutional design, decentralization, secession, federalism, constitutional courts, bills of rights and their proportionality, minority and group rights, semi-presidentialism, security sector oversight, official language policy, constitutional design as used to manage the change from armed conflict to democratic politics and from authoritarian to the rule of democracy and other issues related to comparative constitutional law.

Sujit Choudhry has a great deal of experience working with comparative constitutional law in countries all over the world. He has helped the governments of several countries with their constitution building processes. Some of the countries whose governments he has helped include Ukraine, Tunisia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Libya, Egypt and Jordan. Choudhry has also published extensively and written quite a few pieces on Canadian constitutional law. He’s written more than 90 articles, reports, working papers and book chapters.

Choudhry also edited Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation?, The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Constitution Making and many others. He’s on the Constitutional Court Review editorial board, the International Journal of Constitutional Law board of editors, the International Society of Public Law executive committee and Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law editorial advisory board. Professor Choudhry is the Center for Constitutional Transitions founding director.

Professor Choudhry was a Rhodes Scholar, a law clerk for Antonio Lamer, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and earned law degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Toronto. He’s currently co-leader of research of three global projects. Sujit Choudhry is also a UN Mediation Roster member, has served a consultant for the UN Development Program and the World Bank World Bank Institute. Choudhry has also taught at NYU, UC Berkley and the University of Toronto law schools. He has also received the Trudeau Fellowship, one of only four Canadians to do so.

Choudhry was actively involved in the fight for the right for people to be involved in same sex marriages. He also created a strategic agenda focused on globalization, innovation, access and service while dean of Berkley law school. It dealt with need-based financial aid, helped first generation college students to participate in the Berkley Law Opportunity Scholarship program. The program increased the number of Latino and African American students at UC Berkley law school.

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