Sujit Choudhry helping bring democracy to the world

While America’s recent elections in 2016 may appear to be chaotic and unstable, we still managed to have a smooth transition of power on inauguration day. This points to the power and strength of the United States Constitution, which has become one of the most respected documents ever produced. It has become the framework for countries who are attempting to transition to a democratic government. This is especially prevalent in the Ukraine, which was previously under the control of communism prior to the fall and has since struggled to balance the power in government.

Sujit Choudhry is one of several constitutional law experts who attended a workshop in Ukraine to discuss the future of the country and help find a way to make it more stable government wise. The workshop took place in Kiev, Ukraine a few weeks ago. Along with Sujit Choudhry, several other constitutional scholars were in attendance. The main topic discussed was the somewhat-presidential system of government, which created a host of constitutional challenges. Those in attendance included members of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the United Nations Human Rights council. The workshop was put on by the Center of Policy and Legal Reform, which is a think tank based in the Ukraine.  More related reading on

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The key issue of the evening was the instability of democratization in Ukraine. The country does not have a working system of checks and balances, so policies are tougher to impliment. Sujit Choudhry highlighted the separation of powers within the dual executive branch. Ukraine has a president as well as a prime minister. Sujit Choudhry also addressed that the political parties in the Ukraine are weak and not able to inform the people of their stances on the issues. Sujit Choudhry is the founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, making him one of the most respected experts when it comes to transitioning governments to democracies. To follow Sujit’s blogs, visit his page.

Sujit Choudhry holds multiple law degrees from the University of Toronto, Oxford University and Harvard University. Sujit Choudhry was also a law clerk for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. Sujit Choudhry has published almost 100 book chapters, numerous reports, articles and papers.  Sujit wrote this piece tackling the current issue of freedom and hate speech, read this on

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