Why Sujit Choudhry Thinks Ukraine Needs To Update Their Constitution

The Ukrainian constitution is a mess. It gives the president too much power. The legislature electoral system also needs to be reformed in the constitution. Add in weak political parties and the Ukranian government and people have a lot to address. On 7-10-17 there was a workshop held in Kiev to address these deficiencies. Among the several notable experts was Sujit Choudhry who is considered one of the foremost authorities on constitutions.

Other people at this workshop included Thomas Sidelius, of Dalarna University, and Ukranian Vladimir Vasilenko who serves at the United Nations as his country’s representative on Human Rights. Another notable expert in attendance, among others, was Ihor Koliushko who serves as the Ukranian president’s representative before their Supreme Court.

Choudhry has taught comparative constitutional law to university law students in both Canada and the United States. While teaching in California he also founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions. As this organization’s director, he has created a team of international constitutional experts who are creating information about constitutions. Choudhry says that a lot of information about constitutions either has never been created or is outdated and/or insufficient.  More to read on constitutionaltransitions.org

To date, Sujit Choudhry has worked with over 50 international experts in his field to build this database of information. The purpose of developing this information is so that policymakers, like those he met in Kiev, have evidence-based policy options to choose from when they need to overhaul their constitutions or create an entirely new one.  For a read about his published work, check indiawest.com.

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It was in Canada that Sujit Choudhry grew up. He attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and earned his bachelors. As a Rhodes Scholar, he then attended the University of Oxford and earned his bachelor’s law degree. Completing his education at Harvard Law School, in 1998 he graduated with a master of laws degree.  Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for a related article.

Learn about his outstanding achievement on http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award