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Sujit Choudhry Helping Spread Democracy

Sujit Choudhry is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the study of comparative constitutional law and development. A constitutional law describes the relevance of the three parts of a government, the judiciary, the executive, and the legislative branches. Legal development is the process of establishing procedures, fundamental principles, and rules to govern by and, when put to paper, can be considered a constitution. Sujit Choudhry extensive research in these two fields enables him to assist countries trying to move from conflict to peaceful democratic forms of government. Working as a foreign constitutional expert, he has helped countries such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Libya in making legal changes. His work is important in countries that are ethnically divided. Sujit has written over ninety reports, papers, and articles on this subject. His published works of note include The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, written while attending Cambridge, in 2006, in 2008 he wrote Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, and in 2016 the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution.

Sujit Choudhry is a member of several international organizations dealing with the subject of constitutional law including Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law, the Editorial Advisory Board of the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law, and the Editorial Board of the Constitutional Court Review, plus several others. Choudhry is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, an organization that generates knowledge about constitution building by assembling a team of international experts that offer policy options to interested parties. Currently, Choudhry is participating in three global research projects serving as co-leader. These programs will involve research into all phases of constitutional development. The findings of this study will be published in a series of policy suggestions beginning in 2017. Sujit Choudhry holds many other prominent positions, he is a member of the United Nations mediation roster, served as a consultant to the world bank, and the United Nations development program.

Before becoming the Dean of the University Of California, Berkeley School of Law, a position he held from 2014 to 2016, he was on the faculty at NYU School of Law, and the University of Toronto law school. In 2010 he received the Trudeau Fellowship, an award equal to the MacArthur Award and had served as a law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada. Sujit Choudhry graduated a Rhodes Scholar, obtaining his law degree from the University of Oxford. He received his early education at the University of Toronto and McGill University, later earning an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School.