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Sujit Choudhry Has Published A Book Discussing The Disintegraction Of Democracy

Professor Sujit Choudhry has an international reputation as a scholar. His research encompasses politics and comparative constitutional law. This includes constitutional design, decentralization and succession, federalism, transitional justice, semi-presidentialism, official language policy, the bills of rights and the constitution building processes. He has published a book Constitutional Democracies in Crisis focused on Eric Holder’s tweet. Holder suggested that if Robert Mueller were terminated it would be an absolute red line and be followed by peaceful demonstrations. He additionally tweeted the American people must be heard and seen to be determinative.

Choudhry interpreted the term red line as a constitutional boundary and believes Holder left the American people to decide if authority has been abused by the officials. He also believes Holder insinuated the American people’s reaction would determine the way the issue was resolved. He said the tweet referred to constitutional self-enforcement utilizing the concept of governments revolving around the behavior of the public authority. He stated if these constitutional rules are violated it does not warrant being labeled by the court. He was surprised the chief law enforcement officer of the nation would attempt to obliterate Mueller’s authority.

Sujit Choudhry wrote when red lines are used in a specific way it is an example of democratic failure. He said if term limits are disregarded it is an example of a self-coup to extend the power of those elected. He believes this seizure of power is unconstitutional. He has written about the political climate, the deterioration of constitutional democracy and the threat to democracy. Sujit Choudhry spoke of the threats faced by the constitutional democracy in Poland. He covered the new rules, voting, constitution of panels and assignment of judges. He stated this is what guided the Polish government in a direction considered favorable.

There are in excess of ninety book chapters, articles, reports and working papers cited in Sujit Choudhry’s publication (works.bepress.com). This includes The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Constitution Making and Constitutional Design for Divided Societies. Sujit Choudhry is currently an executive or honorary member of numerous prestigious committees and boards.

Keep up with Choudhry, visit him at https://twitter.com/sujit_choudhry , LinkedIn.

A New Champion for Democracy

On April 24, 2017, Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor of CEOCFO magazine, conducted an interview with Sujit Choudry, Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Professor Choudry is an international expert on constitutional law and politics, and the interview focused on questions concerning his new Center and its goals for the immediate future.

Although a proponent of democracy, Sujit Choudry points out that democratic ideals that work for one country do not necessarily work the same way for all. He supports constitutional change in emerging democracies; stating that “we may be facing the greatest global challenge to liberal democratic constitutionalism since the Second World War.” As an alternative, he proposes gathering options, research, and experts from around the world to form a “new organization that organizes and hosts the most important constitutional case-law from around the world, in multiple languages.”   Check for the full interview here.   This is the goal of his new Center; to provide this global resource. He encourages listening and being responsive to people “on the ground” because they know what they need. His Center is currently researching 3 themed research projects to be completed by the end of 2017.  More reading on law.nyu.edu.

Sujit Choudry is a tenured Professor of Law at Berkeley who has lectured or spoken in over 2 dozen countries. Born in New Delhi and raised in Canada by parents who were both university professors, his early family life was focused on higher education and academia. His brother, Niteesh, is also a professor of medicine at Harvard. Visit sujitchoudhry.com for more reading.

Sujit Choudry was a Rhodes Scholar, and served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. Click on crunchbase.com for his timeline activity updates.  He has published over ninety articles, book chapters, working papers and reports, and continues to work with and advise political experts from around the world. His clear vision for a global democracy, in its varying forms, is remarkable.   Follow Sujit on his linkedin.com page.

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