Sujit Choudhry’s Efforts in Promoting Democracy Through Global Constitutional Change

Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, an international legal organization that functions to assist emerging democracies with creating their own constitutions, Sujit Choudhry has led and been part of the policy-drafting team that has worked with more than 50 experts, working with over 25 countries to fulfill the center’s mission.

The Center for Constitutional Transitions works with think tanks, non-governmental organizations and multilateral/global governance entities to deliver evidence-supported policy initiatives supporting the efforts of international decision-makers. Recognizing the impediment to providing sound constitutional advice created by information and knowledge that is unavailable, out-dated and otherwise lacking, steers a large part of the organization’s efforts.

As a scholar of comparative constitutional law and the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Sujit Choudhry’s expertise has led to his being internationally recognized as an authority in his field. He has served in an advisory capacity to constitution building processes globally in countries that include: Ukraine, South Africa, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Libya and Jordan.  Refer to for more reading.

Reporting that 185 new constitutions have been re-written and created since 1978 and activity with another dozen or so going on worldwide at any point in time, Choudhry relates that it is this high level of dynamic change in the area of global constitution creation that interests him most about the field.

Having learned from experience as an administrator that in these types of roles it’s difficult to make some people happy and oftentimes the case that decisions result in no one’s being satisfied, he now focuses on his passion, which is assisting with creating democratic governments and their governing documents.

He advises that thinking ahead is a powerful means of attracting individuals and institutions to a cause, which is clearly demonstrated in Choudhry’s and the Center’s accomplishments worldwide.  For more of Sujit, visit his page.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry has earned law degrees from Oxford, Toronto and an LL.M from Harvard University. He is the author of over 90 publications with contributions that include book chapters, articles, reports and working papers.  Check this recent article authored by Sujit on

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Beginning his early career as a law clerk to the Canadian Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, Antonio Lamer, Choudhry later represented clients in two high-profile cases before the country’s Supreme Court.

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