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Advancing the Comparative Law Agenda

Comparative law is a relatively new legal field that is gradually taking root in different parts of the world. As the drive towards globalization continues to increase, people are finding it increasingly important to reconcile the laws of different areas to make the legal systems conducive to immigrants from other countries. Each country is governed by its constitution, and the comparison of the various constitutions of different countries is what constitutes the core of the comparative law. The primary objective of the comparative law is to identify the differences and similarities between the legal systems of different countries and to try and reconcile the systems ultimately.

Unlike many of the other legal field, the field of comparative law is one that has mostly managed to stay unexplored, and most law students do not seem very keen to pursue this course. The reason for this may be because studying comparative law usually involves having to study and understand more than one legal system while the other fields of study often involve just a single legal system. Or it may be because the practice of comparative law does not yield immediate results or even yield any profit as fast as a private practice in, say, criminal law would.

Sujit Choudhry is one of the names at the forefront of the practice of comparative law in America. He is the founding director of the center for constitutional transitions, an organization dedicated to analyzing and comparing different constitutions and legal systems and working to finding common points in which they can be aligned.   More of Sujit’s recent timeline activities on crunchbase.com.

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Sujit Choudhry has had quite a lucrative legal career that has seen him rise to become one of the leading authorities on comparative law in America and across the globe. According to blogs.law.nyu.edu,  he combines legal knowledge with extensive hands-on experience having spoken and advised on constitutional reforms in more than 12 countries around the world including Jordan, Egypt, Nepal, Libya, South Africa, Ukraine, Tunisia and Sri Lanka. Sujit has served in various capacities in different institutions of academic learning including the Scholl Chair at the University of Toronto, Professor of Law at New York University and as Dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves at the same university, The University of California, Berkeley as the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law, more related articles on  constitutionaltransitions.org.  He graduated with degree in law from Harvard, Toronto, and Oxford Universities and worked at some point as a law clerk under Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of Canada’s Supreme Court. Follow him on linkedin.com

Important article on http://www.ceocfointerviews.com/interviews/CenterforConstitutionalTransitions17.htm