Sujit Choudhry Open Letter

Sujit Choudhry and a few other prominent constitutional law intellectuals wrote an open letter to both the Spanish and Catalan governments concerning the recent dilemma in Catalonia that pleaded both parties to give dialogue a chance. The expectation is that the representatives of these two governments will work in good faith and openly discuss their constitutional problems.

In the letter, the professors asked Puigdemont, Catalonian president, to demonstrate his commitment to the mission of separating from Spain.The intellectuals believe that the perfect way the president can show this allegiance is to organize a referendum that endorses the wishes of the people of Catalan. They also requested Rajoy, Spain’s Prime Minister to recognize the fact that separation is what most of the Catalans want and should not do anything to repress that wish peacefully.

The scholars state that a referendum is required to assist people to understand that the Catalan’s pursuit of independence poses difficulties for the constitutional order of Spain. Lastly, the intellectuals say that both parties need to agree on a constitutional settlement that acknowledges the rights of the two sides and accepts the ambitions of the Catalan people.  Additional article on

In the letter co-authored by Sujit Choudhry, the scholars stated that the Spanish and Catalonian governments should work peacefully to end this dispute for the best interests of the people within the borders of Catalan and Spain; else they would seriously undermine the foundational standards of the European Union. For more of the professor’s views on politically related issues, check on

The constitutional scholars believe that Prime Minister Rajoy should stop his heavy-handed approaches when dealing with the people of Catalan. He should demonstrate his willingness to embrace the results if the people vote to become an independent state. The intellectuals believe that a referendum is a perfect way to ascertain the people’s will.

Sujit Choudhry is a Professor of Law at the University of California, and one of the founding directors of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Sujit is well-known throughout the world for his comparative constitutional law and all-encompassing knowledge on politics.

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Sujit Choudhry has served as an advisor to many foreign VIPs who were developing constitutions in their nations, including Yemen, Ukraine, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Libya, Nepal, and Jordan. More to read on  The United Nations Development Program together with the World Bank requested him to be the World Bank Institute’s consultant.  Follow his tweets, visit his social media page, hit

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