Sujit Choudhry, Constitutional Construction Expert

Born in 1970 in New Delhi, India, Sujit Choudhry is currently serving as the twelfth Dean of University of California’s, Berkeley School of Law. Of equal significance, he is an author and an internationally recognized expert in comparative, constitutional law.

Comparative law studies different laws including: common; civil; socialist; Canon; Jewish, Islamic; Hindu; and Chinese law. The process of comparative law dates to 18th century, Europe. The “father” of current comparative law was Sir Henry Maine, a British historian and lawyer. Primarily, comparative law exists for gaining more knowledge, contributing to the development, perfection and fusion of legal systems. And the significance of comparative law has grown thanks to increased cooperation between more nations, democracy, and global monetary markets.

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In a February, 2017 interview, Dean Choudhry was asked about what books inspired him in his field. Those mentioned included:

  • Ely’s Democracy and Distrust;
  • Alexander Bickel’s The Least Dangerous Branch;
  • Hart’s Concept of Law; and
  • Dworkin’s “Hard Cases” despite the fact that he more closely associates himself with Fred Schauer’s criticisms of Dworkin.

Each referenced book documents theories, policies, principles of equality, and constitutional development, construction and integration.  Interesting News here,

In another interesting interview question, Dean Sujit Choudhry addressed current challenges in his field. These included:

  • Design and interpretation of constitutional changes;
  • The loss of democracy in 1930s Europe;
  • Crossbreeding constitutional development;
  • Relational analysis by the courts system;
  • Integrating approaches to constitutional writing in societies separated by cultures;
  • Transitional justice versus negotiated transitions.

And finally, when asked about what counsel the Dean would offer to the next generation of comparative legal experts, he stated “This is comparative constitutional law’s moment. We may be facing the greatest global challenge to liberal democratic constitutionalism since WWII. For those of us who live and work in the United States, but study the world, the myth of American exceptionalism has been punctured, and comparative experience has never been more important to mainstream legal and political analysis. The best scholarship will combine analytical rigor with political salience. Rise to the challenge.”  For more, check linkedin.com.

The Center of Constitutional Transitions, founded by Dean Choudhry, is the world’s first university-based organization to share knowledge in support of constitutional construction.  More on works.bepress.com.

Dean Choudhry was educated at such esteemed institutions as the University of Toronto Schools; McGill University; University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar); University of Toronto; and Harvard Law School.  Additional Info on crunchbase.com.

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Sujit Choudhry: An Expert in Comparative Law

Comparative Law is a branch of law that is concerned with studying how different legal systems relate to each other. Mostly, this field looks at the differences and similarities in these legal systems all across the world. These comparisons later lead to an intensive analysis. This field of law is quite important in the understanding of foreign legal systems. In the era of globalization, and the complex interactions of private and public laws at the international level, harmonization of legal systems is important. The result is a better world order and increased international cooperation at different levels.

The Growing Significance of Comparative Law

In making laws, an increasing number of legislative bodies across the world are incrementally relying on foreign laws. Besides that, more courts all over the world draw inspiration from abroad when making their rulings. The growing significance is not just important for academic disciplines but certain areas of law as well. Read blogs on blogs.law.nyu.edu

A Short History of Comparative Law

One could say that comparative law was born in the year 1900 when experts from all over Europe delivered papers touching on comparative law in Paris. The conference’s aim was to come up with a common law to govern the civilized world. The events of the First World War, however, led to a change in objectives. The interest for comparative law began to expand beyond Europe and into countries with common law such as the US and England. The expansion continued into socialist nations and further into the new states that were popping up in Asia and Africa.  Check works.bepress.com

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally renowned expert on comparative constitutional law. Most of his work mainly concentrates on the basic methodological questions of comparative constitutional law. Choudhry also advocates for constitutional design as an important tool for countries that are transforming from violent to peaceful democracies. Sujit has published over seventy articles, working papers, reports, and book chapters.  More on law.nyu.edu

Sujit Choudhry is a member of the UN Mediation Roster. He has consulted for the World Bank Institute. Besides that, his services as a foreign constitutional expert have been sort after by countries such as Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. He was once a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel, which was mandated to propose reforms to the Toronto Municipal Government’s structure. He holds law degrees from the universities of Harvard, Oxford, and Toronto.  Hop over to this.

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