The Rise of Comparative Law: Sujit Choudhry and the Modern Day Nation Builders

The study of international politics and law has never been more important. More countries are opening their borders than ever before, and this is creating new challenges for law makers. Making these matters more interesting is the intense clash of ideals in the Eastern and Western worlds, as they were commonly called. Democracy is attempting to make its way across the globe, but in countries that were traditionally authoritarian, it may need some help. This is where the study of comparative law comes in.  Check

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First taking hold in the 18th century, comparative law quickly became the way of philosophers to talk about what makes countries different politically. Marred with centuries of political and military strife, France and Britain were the first two subjects of this field. Now, modern-day thinkers are using the teachings of this philosophical field and putting it into practice. They are researching the difference in the legal systems and social systems of different countries and attempting to create constitutions that fit the needs and wants of the people it will affect. While it may seem easy in theory, in practice this is a very difficult thing to do. There are few people better at this practice that Sujit Choudhry.

Sujit Choudhry was born in India in 1970 and quickly rose to a prominent academic standing. He earned law degrees from Oxford, Harvard, and Toronto, and he even worked with the Supreme Court Justice of Canada. He quickly go into academics at the University of Toronto and did several studies of international politics and relations. He has spoken and visited over two dozen different countries, and he has even helped create the constitutions of several countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  Related blog on

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Sujit Choudhry is now the Dean of the University of California-Berkeley law school and the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, see this on This organization helps to provide expertise and resources to governments and other organizations that want to help move their legal systems and constitutions into a more democratic direction. Sujit Choudhry is one of the most renowned individuals in the field of comparative law and has been recognized for it with the reward of a Rhodes Scholar and several partnerships with other organizations.

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